"Your words, "writes the psalmist, "is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105). Throughout history God has continued to direct and illumine humankind through his written Word, the Bible. It presents a lifelong challenge: to learn to know God, to love him, to obey him.
The following selected verses help to highlight the Biblical message. If you find a particular topic or verse helpful, you may wish to locate the reference in the Bible and read its context. As you incorporate the Word of God into your life, he will bless you with direction and meaning.
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Our Relationship to God
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
There is no one righteous, not even one.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"--and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
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.
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.
Through Jesus let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in splendor of his holiness.
. . . true worshipers will worship the Father inspirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
<BR>Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.
When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Our Relationships With Others
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Be imitators of God dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us . . .
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Each of you should not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another; forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head ." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
1 Timothy 2:8
I want men everywhere to life up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
The acts of the sinful nature are . . . hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage . . .
1 John 4:20
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
It was [Christ] who gave [gifts], to prepare God's for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:2,3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill. He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Submit to one another our of reverence for Christ.
Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to commit adultery, and anyone who marries a woman so divorced commits adultery.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Teach [God's commandments] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Society1 Peter 2:11,12
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect,then respect; if honor, then honor.
1 Peter 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever if lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Jesus replied:" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly in what is right and teaches them his way.
1 Peter 5:5,6
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may life you up in due time.
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
1 John 2:15,16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
Put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry . . . . Rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other,
since you have taken off your old self with its practices.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
You were taught . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
1 Peter 1:5
But just as he who called you is holy so be holy in all you do.
1 Timothy 6:6,10
Godliness with contentment is great gain. . . .For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Keep your eyes free from the love of money and be content with what you have.
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
A heart of peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
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.
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.
God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Do not worry about your life, what, you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give rest.
2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
2 Corinthians 4:8,9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. . . . And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
When he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think that he will not receive anything from the Lord.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher then I.
[Disciples] should always pray and not give up.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us--yes, the many good things he has done for the hours of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
Always [give] thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
1 Corinthians 10:13
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.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. . . . Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
[Jesus said,] "Surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."
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