III. A Living in Union with Christ
A. The Arbitrating Peace of Christ
12 1Put on therefore, as God's achosen ones, 2holy and beloved, binward parts of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering;
13 Bearing one another and aforgiving 1one another, if anyone should have a complaint against anyone; even as the 2Lord forgave you, so also should you forgive.
14 And over all these things put on 1alove, which is the uniting bond of 2perfectness.
15 And let the 1apeace of Christ 2arbitrate in your hearts, to 3which 4also you were called in bone Body; and be 5cthankful.
B. The Indwelling Word of Christ
16 Let the 1aword of Christ 2bdwell in you 3richly 4in all wisdom, 5teaching and admonishing 6one another with 7cpsalms and hymns and dspiritual songs, 5singing with 8grace in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the 1name of the Lord Jesus, giving athanks to God the Father through Him.
C. The Expression of Christ in Ethical Relationships
18 1aWives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing in the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not vex your children, that they may not be disheartened.
22 Slaves, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart fearing the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, work from the soul as to the Lord and not to men,
24 Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the 1inheritance as arecompense. You 2serve the Lord Christ.
25 For he who does unrighteously will areceive what he unrighteously did, and there is no brespect of persons.
1 Masters, grant to your slaves that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
D. Praying with Perseverance
and Walking in Wisdom
2 1aPersevere in 2prayer, 3watching in it with thanksgiving,
3 Praying at the same time for aus also, that God would open to us a 1door for the word, to speak the bmystery of Christ (because of which also I am cbound),
4 That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in awisdom toward those who are bwithout, 1credeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be always with 1agrace, seasoned with 2bsalt, that you may know how you ought to canswer each one.