When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. … Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. … For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Continue Reading “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son”
To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. … My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Continue Reading “May God give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had”
Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure. … How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. … Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. … Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. … Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. … All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
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Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. Continue Reading “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.Give praise to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Continue Reading “I will sing praise to my God as long as I live”
You who fear the Lord, praise him! … Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small! … Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. Continue Reading “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart”
I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing … And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Continue Reading “Be faithful in prayer”
Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. … The Lord … blesses his people with peace. … Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. … Those who walk uprightly enter into peace. … The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; … Those who promote peace have joy. Continue Reading “A heart at peace gives life to the body”
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. … Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Continue Reading “The lowly he sets on high”