Saved in Order to Do Good
1Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
12As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
15Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
13:1 a Bar 13:1 b 2Ti 2:21Ebintu ebyo bijjukizenga abafuzi n’ab’obuyinza, babiwulirenga, era babigonderenga, era babenga beetegefu okukola buli mulimu omulungi. 23:2 Bef 4:31; 2Ti 2:24Bakuutire baleme kwogerebwako bubi, era beewalenga okuyomba, babenga bakkakkamu era babeerenga bawombeefu eri abantu bonna.
3Kubanga naffe ffennyini twali basirusiru era abajeemu, nga tuwabye, era nga tufugibwa okwegomba kwaffe okubi, n’amasanyu aga buli ngeri, nga tuli ba ttima era ab’obuggya, nga tukyayibwa era nga tukyawagana. 43:4 a Bef 2:7 b Tit 2:11Naye ekisa kya Katonda Omulokozi waffe n’okwagala kwe bwe byalabika, 53:5 a Bef 2:9 b Bar 12:2n’atulokola, si lwa bikolwa eby’omu butuukirivu bye twakola, wabula olw’okusaasira kwe mu kunaazibwa okw’okuzaalibwa okw’omulundi ogwokubiri n’okufuulibwa abaggya olwa Mwoyo Mutukuvu, 63:6 Bar 5:5gwe yatuyiwako mu bungi ku lwa Yesu Kristo Omulokozi waffe. 73:7 a Bar 3:24 b Bar 8:17 c Bar 8:24 d Tit 1:2Bwe tulimala okutukuzibwa olw’ekisa kye, tulyoke tufune omugabo mu kusuubira obulamu obutaggwaawo. 83:8 a 1Ti 1:15 b Tit 2:14Ekigambo ekyo kyesigwa, era nkukuutira ebyo obinywezenga abakkiriza Katonda bajjukirenga okukola ebikolwa ebirungi; ebintu ebyo birungi era bigasa abantu.
93:9 1Ti 1:4; 2Ti 2:14Naye weewalenga empaka ez’obusirusiru, n’okukaayana ku nkalala eziraga obuzaale bw’abantu, n’ennyombo, n’entalo ebikwata ku mateeka; kubanga tebiriiko kye bigasa era tebiriimu nsa. 103:10 Bar 16:17Omuntu ayawulayawula mu bantu bw’omalanga okumulabula omulundi ogusooka, era n’ogwokubiri, omwewalanga, 11kubanga omuntu ng’oyo aba amaze okukyamizibwa mu kibi, era nga yeesalira yekka omusango.
123:12 a Bik 20:4 b 2Ti 4:9, 21Bwe nkutumiranga Atema oba Tukiko, oyanguwanga okujja gye ndi mu Nikopoli, kubanga nsazeewo okubeera eyo mu biseera eby’obutiti. 133:13 Bik 18:24Fuba okusibirira Zeena munnamateeka ne Apolo obatume babe nga tebaliiko kye beetaaga.
143:14 nny 8Era kubiriza abantu baffe bayige okukolanga emirimu omuva ebyetaagibwa, balemenga kubeera awo nga tebaliiko kye bagasa.
153:15 1Ti 1:2Bonna abali nange bakulamusizza.
Olamuse abo bonna abatwagala mu kukkiriza.
Ekisa kibeerenga nammwe mwenna.