English – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – The joy of living by God’s grace!

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all
of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the
time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
[7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.
You share with me the special favour of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and
confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the
tender compassion of Christ Jesus.]

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge
and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and
blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your
salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much
glory and praise to God.