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Practicing Christianity: some passages from the Letters of St. Paul The Letter to the Romans Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good, acceptable and perfect (12:2). Let your love be without hypocrisy (12:9). Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse them (12:14). Live in harmony with one another. Do not be arrogant, but associate with those who are humble. Do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all (12:16-17). Owe no one anything, except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law. The commandments: You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet; and any other commandments are summed up in this one phrase, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfilling of the Law (13:8-10). The First Letter to the Corinthians Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (3:16) So, whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God (10:31). If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, enough to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions and hand over my body to be burnt but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not envious, boastful, arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love (13:1-8, 13) Make love your aim (14:1). Let all that you do be done in love (16:14)

Husbands: love your wives just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her (5:21-22. gentleness and self-control (5:16. come out from them and be separate from them and touch nothing unclean. wrath. Wives: be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. 22). honor your parents in the Lord for this is right (6:1) . “I will live in them and walk among them and I will be their God and they shall be my people. whenever we have an opportunity. generosity. kindness. slander and all malice. for we are all members of one another (4:25). Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? (13:5) The Letter to the Galatians I have been crucified with Christ. making holiness perfect in the fear of God (7:1). anger. 25). forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you (4:31-32). Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Therefore. As God said. I will be your father and you shall be my sons and daughters” (6:16-18). Test yourselves. Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (6:2). The fruit of the Spirit is love. then I am strong (12:10) Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. The Letter to the Ephesians Putting away falsehood.The Second Letter to the Corinthians We are the temple of the living God. joy. Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and of spirit. peace. Then I will welcome you. Children. Let us not grow weary in doing what is right. Be kind to one another. I am content with weaknesses. insults. So then. for whenever I am weak. patience. wrangling. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me (2:20) The whole Law is summed up in a single commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (5:14). Put away all bitterness. tenderhearted. let us work for the good of all and especially for those of the family of faith (6:9-10). Live by the Spirit. persecutions and calamities for the sake of Christ. let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors. faithfulness. hardships.

for it is God who is at work in you. slander and filthy language from your mouth. holy and beloved.Fathers. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit. The Letter to the Colossians Therefore. evil desire and greed. but in everything by prayer and supplication with gratitude. giving thanks to God the Father through Him (3:12-17). kindness. clothe yourselves with love. urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God. Let each of you look not to your own interests. put to death whatever in you is earthly: sexual immorality. And with gratitude in your hearts. Bear with one another and if anyone has a complaint against another. Rejoice in the Lord always! Again. we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children. sing psalms. malice. impurity. The Lord is near! Do not worry about anything. I will say it: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. Do not lie to one another (3:8-9). As God’s chosen ones. will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (4:4-7). The Letter to the Philippians Live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ (1:27). so you also must forgive. . wrath. God did not call us to impurity but in holiness (4:7). but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. but to the interests of others (2:3-4). do not provoke your children to anger. who calls you into His own kingdom and glory (2:11-12). And whatever you do. but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (6:4). And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in the one Body. Just as the Lord has forgiven you. meekness and patience. lust. Teach and admonish one another in wisdom. let your requests be made known to God. humility. And the peace of God. in word or deed. And be thankful! Let the word of the Lord dwell in you richly. forgive each other. Above all. clothe yourselves with compassion. which surpasses all understanding. hymns and spiritual songs to God. enabling you both to will and to work for His good pleasure (2:12-13). do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. which binds everything together in perfect harmony. The First Letter to the Thessalonians As you know. which is idolatry (3:5) Now you must rid yourself of all such things: anger. Work out your own salvation in fear and in trembling.

but with good works. inhuman. command them not to be arrogant or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches. so that they may take hold of the life that is really life (6:17-19). They are to do good. In the last days. All who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (3:12). implacable. The Second Letter to Timothy Avoid wrangling over words (2:14). disobedient to their parents.See that none of you repays evil for evil. to be rich in good works. Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us. thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future. The First Letter to Timothy The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. As for those in the present who are rich. profligates. generous and ready to share. whether by word of mouth or by our letter (2:15). Rejoice always. pray without ceasing. distressing times will come. according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (1:11-12). treacherous. lovers of money. gold and pearls. asking that our God make you worthy of His call and will fulfill by His power every good resolve and work of faith so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you. but rather on God who abundantly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. not with expensive clothes. brutes. slanderers. The Second Letter to the Thessalonians To this end we will always pray for you. and you in Him. but always seek to do good to one another and to all (5:12). The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. . We brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it (6:7). ungrateful. Women should dress modestly and decently in suitable clothing. of whom I am the first (1:15). boasters. as is proper for women who profess reverence for God (2:9-10). give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (5:16-18). abusive. In their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with much pain (6:10). haters of what is good. People will be lovers of themselves. unholy. arrogant.

but having itching ears. they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from the truth and wander away into myths (4:3-4). for they are unprofitable and worthless (3:9). avoid quarreling. swollen with conceit. speak evil of no one.reckless. ready for every good work. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. genealogies. be gentle and show courtesy to everyone (3:2) Avoid stupid controversies. but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. The Letter to Philemon Refresh my heart in Christ (20). all things are pure. The Letter to Titus To the pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted. holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power (3:1-5). dissensions and quarrels about the Law. The time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine. . They profess to know God but deny Him by their actions (1:15-16) Be obedient.