Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”