to be submissive to rulers and authorities,
to be obedient,
to be ready for every good work,
to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling,
to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
For we ourselves were once
slaves to various passions and pleasures,
passing our days in malice and envy,
hated by others and hating one another.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us,
not because of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The saying is trustworthy,
and I want you to insist on these things,
so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.
These things are excellent and profitable for people.
May my own ministry be always grounded in the good news of Jesus Christ, remembering and reminding the saints of our past wretchedness, but the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, leading myself and others to good deeds.