Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more!
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
For nothing is impossible with God.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of Him.
You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.