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Unity in the Body
(Psalm 133:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17)
1I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called,
2With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.
3Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
7But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.
8Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.
9Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
11And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors,
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ;
14That henceforth we be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive
15But doing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him who is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in charity.
Living as Children of Light
17This then I say and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind,
18Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts.
19Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness.
20But you have not so learned Christ;
21If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error.
23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:
24And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.
25Wherefore putting away lying, speak ;ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another.
26Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger.
27Give not place to the devil.
28He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.
29Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers.
30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice.
32And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.