The Unity of the Spirit

41 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord , implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called ,

2 with all humility and gentleness , with patience , showing tolerance for one another in love , 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace . 4 There is one body and one Spirit , just as also you were called in one hope of your calling ; 5 one Lord , one faith , one baptism , 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all . 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift . 8 Therefore it says , " WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH , HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES , AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN ." 9 (Now this expression, "He ascended ," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth ? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens , so that He might fill all things .) 11 And He gave some as apostles , and some as prophets , and some as evangelists , and some as pastors and teachers , 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service , to the building up of the body of Christ ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith , and of the knowledge of the Son of God , to a mature man , to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ . 14 As a result , we are no longer to be children , tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine , by the trickery of men , by craftiness in deceitful scheming ; 15 but speaking the truth in love , we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head , even Christ , 16 from whom the whole body , being fitted and held together e by what every joint supplies , according to the proper working of each individual part , causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love .

The New Life in Christ

17 So this I say , and affirm together with the Lord , that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk , in the futility of their mind , 18 being darkened in their understanding , excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart ; 19 and they, having become callous , have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness . 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way , 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus , 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life , you lay aside the old self , which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit , 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind , 24 and put on the new self , which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth . 25 Therefore , laying aside falsehood , SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR , for we are members of one another . 26 BE ANGRY , AND yet DO NOT SIN ; do not let the sun go down on your anger , 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity . 28 He who steals must steal no longer ; but rather he must labor , performing with his own hands what is good , so that he will have something to share with one who has need . 29 Let no e unwholesome word proceed from your mouth , but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear . 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God , by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption . 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice . 32 Be kind to one another , tender-hearted , forgiving each other , just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.