The Gift New Testament

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3:1So then, if you were raised with the Anointed, seek what is above where the Anointed is seated at the right hand of God.3:2Set your heart on what is above, not on the earth.3:3For you died, and your life has been hidden together with the Anointed in God.3:4When the Anointed appears, you and your life will appear with him in honor.3:5So put your association with the earth to death: promiscuity, impurity, evil emotions and passions, and greed, which is idolatry.3:6These are the reasons for the coming rage of God on the stubbornly hostile.3:7You used to keep doing those things when you lived that way.3:8But now, get rid of all these: rage, fury, malice, slander, and obscene talk.3:9Do not lie to each other but strip off the old self and its practices.3:10Replace it with the new one, which is being rejuvenated to resemble the One who formed it—3:11one that knows no Greek and Judean, no circumcision and un-circumcision, no barbarian or Scythian or slave or free— because all are united as one with the Anointed.

3:12So then, as God’s chosen holy ones that are dearly loved, put these on: compassion, kindness, humility, even-temperedness, and patience,3:13putting up with each other and being nice to each other. If you have a grievance with anyone, deal kindly with them just as the Master did with you.3:14Then complete it by putting on love as an outer coat to hold it all together.3:15And let the peace of the Anointed be the decision-maker in your hearts, which is the reason you were called into one body. Become grateful.3:16Let the Word of the Anointed live in you richly. In all wise instruction, teach and warn each other with praise songs, festive songs, and spiritual songs, singing freely in your hearts to God.3:17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all as representatives of Master Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3:18Wives, join with your husbands just as you are joined to the Master.

3:19Husbands, love your wives and do not be upset with them.

3:20Children, listen to your parents in everything, because this pleases the Master.

3:21Fathers, don’t provoke your children and make them disillusioned.

3:22Slaves, listen to your physical masters in everything. Slave for them, not for show as sycophants, but out of respect for the Master.3:23Do everything from your soul, like you’re working for the Master and not people,3:24knowing that the Master will pay you the due compensation of your inheritance. You are slaving for Master Anointed!3:25And whoever causes harm will get what they deserve, without favoritism.