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August 8, 2021

Be kind and forgiving to each other!

Passage: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

NABRE

Ephesians 4

17So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; 18darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, 19they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. 20That is not how you learned Christ, 21assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, 22that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, 23and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.25Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, 27and do not leave room for the devil. 28The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his [own] hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need. 29No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32[And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Ephesians 5

1So be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.