I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing
in knowledge and understanding.
For I want you to understand what really matters,
so that you may live pure and blameless lives
until the day of Christ’s return.
Stand your ground,
putting on the belt of truth
and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
put on the peace that comes from the Good News
so that you will be fully prepared.
In addition to all of these,
hold up the shield of faith
to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
Put on salvation as your helmet,
and take the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.
…Be strong in the Lord
and in his mighty power.
Put on all of God’s armor
so that you will be able to stand firm
against all strategies of the devil.
Don’t be drunk with wine,
because that will ruin your life.
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
singing psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs among yourselves,
and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
So be careful how you live.
Don’t live like fools,
but like those who are wise.
Make the most of every opportunity
in these evil days.
Don’t act thoughtlessly,
but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Get rid of all bitterness,
as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other,
forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Don’t use foul or abusive language.
Let everything you say be good and helpful,
so that your words will be an encouragement
to those who hear them.
…”don’t sin by letting anger control you.”
Don’t let the sun go down
while you are still angry,
for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
…let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Put on your new nature,
created to be like God—
truly righteous and holy.