The message of the Cross
is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!
But we who are being saved
know it is the very power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
I pray that God,
the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace
because you trust in him.
Then you will overflow with confident hope
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement
as we wait patiently
for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
…let’s stop condemning each other.
Decide instead to live in such a way
that you will not cause another believer
to stumble and fall.
…we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
For the Scriptures say,
“As surely as i live,” says the LORD,
every knee will bend to me,
and every tongue will confess
and give praise to God.”
Yes, each of us will give
a personal account to God.
Accept other believers who are weak in the faith,
and don’t argue wth them
about what they think is right or wrong.
…time is running out.
for our salvation is nearer now
than when we first believed.
The night is almost gone;
the day of salvation will soon be here.
So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes,
and put on the shining armor of right living.
…never take revenge.
Leave that to the righteous anger of God…
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Never pay back evil with more evil.
Do things in such a way
that everyone can see you are honorable.
Do all that you can
to live in peace with everyone.
Live in harmony with each other.
Don’t be too proud
to enjoy the company of ordinary people.
And don’t think you know it all!