Christian Standard Bible
Christian Living among Outsiders
3 Remind them to submit(A) to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness(B) to all people. 3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions(C) and pleasures,(D) living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,(E) 5 he saved us(F)—not by works of righteousness that we had done,(G) but according to his mercy(H)—through the washing of regeneration(I) and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(J) 6 He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly(K) through Jesus Christ our Savior 7 so that, having been justified by his grace,(L) we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.(M) 8 This saying is trustworthy.(N) I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone. 9 But avoid foolish debates,(O) genealogies,(P) quarrels,(Q) and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a divisive(R) person after a first and second warning.(S) 11 For you know that such a person has gone astray and is sinning; he is self-condemned.Read full chapter