31Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready to do any good work, 2to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, to be gentle, and to display every courtesy toward all people.
He Saved Us
3For at one time we ourselves were also foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by many kinds of evil desires and pleasures, living in malice and jealousy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared, 5he saved us—not by righteous works that we did ourselves, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and the renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs in keeping with the hope of eternal life. 8This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to insist on these things, so that those who believe in God are intent on keeping busy with good works. These things are honorable and useful for the people. 9But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, because these are useless and fruitless. 10Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, 11because you know that such a man is twisted and is sinning. He condemns himself.
12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos for their journey, so that they are not lacking anything. 14Let our people also learn to busy themselves with good works when urgent needs arise, so that they are not unfruitful.
15Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.