Friday, February 12, 2021
 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work,
 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men.
 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another;
 but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit,
 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
 The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.
 But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.
 As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him,
 knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.
 When I send Artemas or Tych’icus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicop’olis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apol’los on their way; see that they lack nothing.
 And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.
 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
 Again he said to them, “I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.”
 Then said the Jews, “Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
 He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
 I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”
 They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have told you from the beginning.
 I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.”
 They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.
 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.
 And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.”
 As he spoke thus, many believed in him.
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