Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…
Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
There is no one holy [a] like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
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.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.