Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ.
He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us,
a pleasing aroma to God.
Let there be no sexual immorality,
impurity, or greed among you.
Such sins have no place among God’s people.
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—
these are not for you.
Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
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.
Get rid of all bitterness,
rage, anger, harsh words, and slander,
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.
Ephesians 4:29, 31-32
…let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Put on your new nature,
created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
I also pray that you will understand
the incredible greatness of God’s power
for us who believe him.
This is the same mighty power
that raised Christ from the dead
and seated him in the place of honor
at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
God has now revealed to us
his mysterious will regarding Christ—
which is to fulfill his own good plan.
And this is the plan:
At the right time he will bring everything together
under the authority of Christ—
everything in heaven and on earth.
…and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Ephesians 1:9-10, 11
Take control of what I say, O LORD,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil…
When I am overwhelmed,
you alone know the way I should turn.
Then I pray to you, O LORD.
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Come quickly, LORD…
Psalm 141:3-4; 142:3,5,6-7
the angel was joined by a vast host of others—
the armies of heaven—
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
yes, the Messiah, the Lord—
has been born today in Bethlehem,
the city of David!
He took with him Mary,
to whom he was engaged,
who was now expecting a child.
…And while he was still a long wait off,
his father saw him coming.
Filled with love and compassion,
he ran to his son,
and kissed him.
…his father said…
‘We must celebrate…
for this son of mine was dead
and has now returned to life.
He was lost,
but now he is found.’
So the party began.
Luke 15:20, 22-24