God gives believers a new life
11 God has shown us clearly how very kind he is. He has now come to save all people. 12 Because God is kind, he teaches us to stop living in a bad way. We no longer do the bad things that do not make God happy. We turn away from the bad things that belong to this world. God teaches us to rule ourselves properly while we live in this world. He teaches us to do what is right. He teaches us to serve him in a good way.
13 Remember this: We are waiting for Jesus Christ to return to this world. When he comes, that will make us very happy. Everyone will see how great Jesus Christ is. He is our great God. He is the one who saves us from our sins. 14 He gave himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. In that way, he made us free from every kind of bad thing. As a result, we can be completely good and clean inside ourselves. We can become his own special people, who really want to do good things.
15 You must teach these things to the believers. Help them to live in a good way. Warn them when they do wrong things. Use all the authority that you have as a leader in the church. Make sure that everyone respects you properly.