So I, the prisoner for the Lord's sake, appeal to you to live lives worthy of the summons you have received;
This is why I, Paul, whom Jesus the Christ has made a prisoner for the sake of you heathen??2 if at least you have heard how I dealt with the mercy of God that was given me for you,
Whatever happens, show yourselves citizens worthy of the good news of the Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am kept away and only hear news of you, I may know that you are standing firm with one spirit, one purpose, fighting side by side for faith in the good news.
so that the lives you live may be worthy of your Master and wholly pleasing to him, and you may be fruitful in all kinds of good deeds, and may grow into fuller knowledge of God.
to make your lives worthy of God who invites you into his kingdom and his glory.
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by this mercy of God, to offer your bodies in a living sacrifice that will be holy and acceptable to God; that is your rational worship.
So the church all over Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace and became established. It lived in reverence for the Lord and, stimulated by the holy Spirit, it grew steadily in numbers.
We know that in everything God works with those who love him, whom he has called in accordance with his purpose, to bring about what is good.
So I urge you, follow my example.
It is for Christ, therefore, that I am an envoy, seeing that God makes his appeal through me. On Christ's behalf I beg you to be reconciled to God.
As God's fellow-worker, I appeal to you, too, not to accept the favor of God and then waste it.
I appeal to you personally, by the gentleness and forbearance of Christ??he Paul who is so humble when face to face with you, but so bold in dealing with you when he is far away!
Take my position, I beg you, brothers, just as I once took yours! You took no advantage of me then;
There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope that belongs to the summons you received.
So what I mean and insist upon in the Lord's name is this: You must no longer live like the heathen, with their frivolity of mind and darkened understanding.
and lead loving lives, just as Christ loved you and gave himself for you, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
I am pressing toward the goal, for the prize to which God through Christ Jesus calls us upward.
Follow my example, brothers, all of you, and notice those who follow the pattern we have set you.
So just as you once accepted the Christ, Jesus, as your Lord, you must live in vital union with him.
Epaphras, one of your own number, a slave of Christ Jesus, wishes to be remembered to you. He is always standing up for you in his prayers that you may stand fast, like men of mature convictions, whatever God's will for you may be.
Now, brothers, we ask and entreat you, in the name of the Lord Jesus, to live as you learned from us that you must live, to please God??s indeed you are doing, only do it more and more.
To this end we always pray for you too, asking our God to find you worthy of the call he has given you, and by his power to fulfil every desire you may have for goodness, and every effort of your faith,
He saved us and called us to a consecrated life, not for anything we had done, but of his own accord and out of the mercy which he bestowed upon us ages ago through Christ Jesus,
or steal from them, but to show such perfect good faith as to do credit to the teaching about God our Savior, by everything they do.
Therefore, my fellow-Christians, who have likewise heard the heavenly invitation, observe how faithful Jesus, the commissioner and high priest of our religion,
fit you by every blessing to do his will, and through Jesus Christ carry out in us what will please him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Dear friends, I beg you, as aliens and exiles here, not to indulge the physical cravings that are at war with the soul.
not returning evil for evil, or abuse for abuse. You must bless people instead. It is for this that you were called??o obtain blessing.
And God, the giver of all mercy, who through your union with Christ has called you to his eternal glory, after you have suffered a little while will himself make you perfect, steadfast, and strong.
For his divine power has given us every requisite for life and piety, through our coming to know him who through his glory and excellence called us to him.
And now I beg you, my lady??ot as though I were writing you any new command, but one which we have had from the beginning??et us love one another.