Come near to God and he will come near to you

Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. … And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. … As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received … Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God … take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. … Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Ja 4:8Ep 4:25-27Ps 4:4Ep 5:18-20Ep 4:30-321Jo 1:9Ep 4:1Ep 5:1-22Co 10:51Co 10:13Ja 4:8

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