If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax-collectors doing that?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
My times are in your hands . . .
1 Pet 4:12
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are experiencing as though something strange were happening to you.
. . . each one is tempted when, by his own evil desires, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord and He will have compassion on him. And to our God for He will abundantly pardon.
. . . according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
The wicked man flees tho noone pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
. . . as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Because He, Himself, was tempted in His suffering, He is able to help those who are being tempted.
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power which mightily works within me.
. . . and you may be sure your sin will find you out.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it w/o watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It willnot return to me void, but will accomplish what I desre and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
The King's heart is in the hands of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
1 Tim 4:7b
. . . train yourselves to be godly. . .
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Fear of man will proves to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
2 Cor 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
4 Rules of Communication
Eph 4:25ff Be Honest Keep Current Attack the Problem and not the Person Act, Don't React
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peaceloving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
. . . for "Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved."
Thought the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let's encourage one another . . . .
1 Cor 15:34
Come back to your senses as you ought and stop sinning . . . .
1 Pet 1:13-14
Therfore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obdient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever has been dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
1 Jn 4:18
. . . perfect love drives out fear. . . .
1 Pet 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.
Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
2 Cor 7:10
See what godly sorrow has produced in you: what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? let him who accuses God answer Him! . . . Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.