Believers’ Conduct in Society
3 Remind people to respect[a] their governmental leaders on every level as law-abiding citizens and to be ready to fulfill their civic duty. 2 And remind them to never tear down anyone with their words or quarrel,[b] but instead be considerate, humble, and courteous to everyone. 3 For it wasn’t that long ago that we behaved foolishly in our stubborn disobedience. We were easily led astray as slaves to worldly passions and pleasures. We wasted our lives in doing evil, and with hateful jealousy we hated others.
The Hymn of Salvation by Grace
4 When the extraordinary compassion of God our Savior[c]
and his overpowering love suddenly appeared in person,
as the brightness of a dawning day,[d]
5 he came to save us.
Not because of any virtuous deed that we have done
but only because of his extravagant mercy.
6 He saved us,
resurrecting us[e] through the washing of rebirth.
We are made completely new by the Holy Spirit,[f]
whom he splashed over us richly
by Jesus, the Messiah, our Life Giver.
7 So as a gift of his love,
and since we are faultless—
innocent before his face—
we can now become heirs of all things,
all because of an overflowing hope of eternal life.
8 How true and faithful is this message!
Faith Produces Good Works
I want you to especially emphasize[g] these truths, so that those who believe in God will be careful to devote themselves to doing good works. It is always beautiful and profitable for believers to do good works.
9 But avoid useless controversies,[h] genealogies,[i]pointless quarrels, and arguments over the law, which will get you nowhere.[j] 10 After a first and second warning, have nothing more to do with a divisive person who refuses to be corrected. 11 For you know that such a one is entwined with his sin and stands self-condemned.
14 Encourage the believers to be passionately devoted to beautiful works of righteousness by meeting the urgent needs of others and not be unfruitful.
15 Everyone here with me sends their loving greetings to you. Greet the believers who love us in the faith. May God’s wonderful grace be with you all!
Love in Christ,