For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this present age,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and love and self-discipline.
Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger,
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge,
6 and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness,
7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man. And God is faithful, who will not let you be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.