We rejoice, though now we suffer trials,
so that our faith, tested by fire,
may resound to the praise and glory and honour of God.
New Testament Reading - Goals for the Christian Life
25Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves. 26If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry — get over it quickly; 27for when you are angry, you give a mighty foothold to the devil.
28If anyone is stealing he must stop it and begin using those hands of his for honest work so he can give to others in need. 29Don’t use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing.
30Don’t cause the Holy Spirit sorrow by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who marks you to be present on that day when salvation from sin will be complete.a
31Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. 32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.
51Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. 2Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him.. . . . . Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Jesus, lay your healing hand
upon the sick in body and in spirit;
you are the healer of this world’s ills;
with your Spirit,
anoint every one of us in our infirmity
and make us whole.