3 Remind the believers to do these things: to be under the authority of rulers and government leaders, to obey them and be ready to do good, 2 to speak no evil about anyone, to live in peace with all, to be gentle and polite to all people.
3 In the past we were foolish people, too. We did not obey, we were wrong, and we were slaves to many things our bodies wanted and enjoyed. We lived doing evil and being jealous. People hated us and we hated each other. 4 But then the kindness and love of God our Savior was shown. 5 He saved us because of his mercy, not because of good deeds we did to be right with God. He saved us through the washing that made us new people. He saved us by making us new through the Holy Spirit. 6 God poured out to us that Holy Spirit fully through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 We were made right with God by His grace. And God gave us the Spirit so that we could receive the life that never ends. That is what we hope for.
8 This teaching is true. And I want you to be sure that the people understand these things. Then those who believe in God will be careful to use their lives for doing good. These things are good and will help all people.
9 Stay away from those who have foolish arguments, who talk about useless family histories, who make trouble and fight about what the law of Moses teaches. Those things are worth nothing and will not help anyone. 10 If someone causes arguments, then give him a warning. If he continues to cause arguments, warn him again. If he still continues causing arguments, then do not be around him. 11 You know that such a person is evil and sinful. His sins prove that he is wrong.
Some Things to Remember
12 I will send Artemas and Tychicus to you. When I send them, try hard to come to me at Nicopolis. I have decided to stay there this winter. 13 Zenas the lawyer and Apollos will be traveling from there. Do all that you can to help them on their way. Be sure that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to use their lives for doing good deeds. They should do good to those in need. Then our people will not have useless lives.
15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
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