Bible verses about "serving others" | ISV

Joshua 22:5

5 Only be very careful to keep the commands and the Law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you {— } that is, to love the LORD your God, to follow in all of his ways, to keep his commands, to stay close to him, and to serve him with all your heart and soul."

Isaiah 1:1-31

Matthew 10:16

16 "See, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves.

Malachi 3:1-18

1 "See, I'm sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the LORD you are looking for will come to his temple. He is the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Look! He is coming!" says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 2 But who will survive the day when he comes? Or who can stand when he appears? For he's like a refiner's fire and a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit refining and purifying silver, purifying the descendants of Levi, refining them like gold and silver. Then they'll bring a righteous offering to the LORD. 4 Then the offering to the LORD by Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable as it was in the past, even as in former years. 5 "I'll come near to you for judgment. I'll be a witness, quick to speak against sorcerers, against adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who defraud the laborer of his wage, against those who defraud the widow and the orphan, against those who deprive the alien of justice, and against those who don't fear me," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 6 "Because I the LORD don't change; therefore you children of Jacob, aren't destroyed." 7 "Even since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and haven't kept them. Return to me and I'll return to you," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. "But you ask, 'How will we return?' 8 Will a person rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you ask, 'How are we robbing you?' By the tithe and the offering. 9 You are cursed under the curse {— } the entire nation {— } because you are robbing me!" 10 "Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. So, put me to the test in this right now," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "and see if I won't throw open the windows of heaven for you and pour out on you blessing without measure. 11 And I'll prevent the devourer from harming you, so that he does not destroy the crops of your land. Nor will the vines in your fields drop their fruit," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 12 "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 13 "You have spoken arrogant words against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What did we say against you?' 14 You said, 'It is futile to serve God,' and 'What did we get out of it when we carried out his requirements and went about like mourners before the LORD of the Heavenly Armies?' 15 And 'Now we call the arrogant one blessed. Those who do evil prosper and those who challenge God escape the consequences.'" 16 Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other. The LORD listened and took note, and a scroll of remembrance was written in his presence about those who fear the LORD and honor His name. 17 "They'll be mine," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "in the day when I prepare my treasured possession. I'll spare them, just as a man spares his own son who serves him. 18 When you return, you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not."

Matthew 8:1-4

1 When Jesus came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him. 2 Suddenly a leper came up to him, fell down before him, and said, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean." 3 So Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do want to. Be clean!" And instantly his leprosy was made clean. 4 Then Jesus said to him, "See to it that you don't speak to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded as proof to the authorities."

Luke 9:57-10:16

57 While they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest." 59 He told another man, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 60 But he told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Still another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home." 62 Jesus told him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 10:1-16

1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy other disciples and was about to send them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place that he intended to go. 2 So he instructed them, "The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest. 3 Get going! See, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Don't carry a wallet, a traveling bag, or sandals, and don't greet anyone on the way. 5 "Whatever house you go into, first say, 'May there be peace in this house.' 6 If a peaceful person lives there, your greeting of peace will remain with him. But if that's not the case, your greeting will come back to you. 7 Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they provide, because the worker deserves his pay. Don't move from house to house. 8 "Whenever you go into a town and the people welcome you, eat whatever they serve you, 9 heal the sick that are there, and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you!' 10 But whenever you go into a town and people don't welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 'We are wiping off your town's dust that clings to our feet in protest against you! But realize this: the kingdom of God is near!' 12 I tell you, on the last day it will be easier for Sodom than for that town!" 13 "How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible it will be for you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that happened in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 It will be easier for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you! 15 And you, Capernaum! You won't be lifted up to heaven, will you? You'll go down to Hell! 16 The person who listens to you listens to me, and the person who rejects you rejects me. The person who rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

Philippians 2:1-13

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there is any compassion and sympathy, 2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind. 3 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves. 4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. 5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in the Messiah Jesus: 6 In God's own form existed he, and shared with God equality, deemed nothing needed grasping. 7 Instead, poured out in emptiness, a servant's form did he possess, a mortal man becoming. In human form he chose to be, 8 and lived in all humility, death on a cross obeying. 9 Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing. 10 And so, when Jesus' name is called, the knees of everyone should fall wherever they're residing. 11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising. 12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.

Ephesians 6:7-8

7 Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people, 8 because you know that everyone will receive a reward from the Lord for whatever good he has done, whether he is a slave or free.

James 1:1-27

1 From: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. To: The twelve tribes in the Dispersion. Greetings. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. 5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes. 9 A brother of humble means should rejoice in his having been exalted, 10 and a rich person in his having been humbled, because he will fade away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass. The flower in it drops off, and its beauty is gone. That is how the rich person will fade away in his pursuits. 12 How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor's crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him. 13 When someone is tempted, he should not say, "I am being tempted by God," because God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. 14 Instead, each person is tempted by his own desire, being lured and trapped by it. 15 When that desire becomes pregnant, it gives birth to sin; and when that sin grows up, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. 18 In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures. 19 You must understand this, my dear brothers. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 For human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, rid yourselves of everything impure and every expression of wickedness, and with a gentle spirit welcome the word planted in you that can save your souls. 22 Keep on being obedient to the word, and not merely being hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if anyone hears the word but is not obedient to it, he is like a man who looks at himself in a mirror 24 and studies himself carefully, and then goes off and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the one who looks at the perfect law of freedom and remains committed to it {— } thereby demonstrating that he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of what that law requires {— } will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone thinks that he is religious and does not bridle his tongue, but instead deceives himself, his religion is worthless. 27 A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

1 Peter 1:10-16

10 Even the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours, carefully researched and investigated this salvation. 11 They tried to find out what era or specific time the Spirit of the Messiah in them kept referring to when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that even the angels desire to look into. 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a clear head, and set your hope completely on the grace to be given you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that used to influence you when you were ignorant. 15 Instead, be holy in every aspect of your life, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 For it is written, "You must be holy, because I am holy."

Proverbs 14:21

21 Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

Matthew 8:5-13

5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a centurion came up to him and begged him repeatedly, 6 "Sir, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 The centurion replied, "Sir, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed, 9 because I, too, am a man under authority and I have soldiers under me. I say to one of them 'Go' and he goes, to another 'Come' and he comes, and to my servant 'Do this' and he does it." 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those who were following him, "I tell you with certainty, not even in Israel have I found this kind of faith! 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and will feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the unfaithful heirs of that kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go, and it will be done for you just as you have believed." And his servant was healed that very hour.

John 7:1-24

1 After this, Jesus traveled about in Galilee, because he didn't want to travel in Judea, since the Jews there were trying to kill him. 2 Now the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was approaching. 3 So his brothers said to him, "You should leave this place and go to Judea, so that your disciples can see the actions that you're doing, 4 since no one acts in secret if he wants to be known publicly. If you're going to do these things, you should reveal yourself to the world!" 5 Not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus told them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its actions are evil. 8 Go up to the festival yourselves. I am not yet going to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come." 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the festival, he went up himself, not openly but, as it were, in secret. 11 The Jews kept looking for him at the festival, asking, "Where is that man?" 12 And there was a great deal of discussion about him among the crowds. Some were saying, "He is a good man," while others were saying, "No, he is deceiving the crowds!" 13 Nevertheless, no one would speak openly about him because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 14 Halfway through the festival, Jesus went up to the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jewish leaders were astonished and remarked, "How can this man be so educated when he has never gone to school?" 16 Jesus replied to them, "My teaching is not mine but comes from the one who sent me. 17 If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether this teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. 18 The one who speaks on his own seeks his own praise. But the one who seeks the praise of him who sent him is genuine, and there is nothing false in him. 19 Moses gave you the law, didn't he? Yet none of you is keeping the law. Why are you trying to kill me?" 20 The crowd answered, "You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?" 21 Jesus answered them, "I performed one action, and all of you are astonished. 22 Moses gave you circumcision {— not that it is from Moses, but from the Patriarchs {— } and so you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.} 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I made a man perfectly well on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment!"

Romans 12:1

1 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship.

Philippians 2:2

2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.

2 Thessalonians 3:8

8 We did not eat anyone's food without paying for it. Instead, with toil and labor we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you.

Ephesians 4:11-14

11 And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah 13 until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God's Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray.

Hebrews 6:10-12

10 For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to the saints and continue to minister to them. 11 But we want each of you to continue to be diligent to the very end, in order to give full assurance to your hope. 12 Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are inheriting the promises through faith and patience.

1 Peter 4:1-19

1 Therefore, since the Messiah suffered in a mortal body, you, too, must arm yourselves with the same determination, because the person who has suffered in a mortal body has stopped sinning, 2 so that he can live the rest of his mortal life guided, not by human desires, but by the will of God. 3 For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry. 4 They insult you now because they are surprised that you are no longer joining them in the same excesses of wild living. 5 They will give an account to the one who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 Indeed, this is why the gospel was proclaimed even to those who have died, so that they could be judged in their mortal flesh like all humans and live in the spiritual realm like God. 7 Because everything will soon come to an end, be sensible and clear-headed, so you can pray. 8 Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without complaining. 10 As good servant managers of God's grace in its various forms, serve one another with the gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must speak God's words. Whoever serves must serve with the strength that God supplies, so that in every way God may be glorified through Jesus, the Messiah. Glory and power belong to him forever and ever! Amen. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of the Messiah, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of the Messiah, you are blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God is resting on you. 15 Of course, none of you should suffer for being a murderer, thief, criminal, or troublemaker. 16 But if you suffer for being a Christian, do not feel ashamed, but glorify God with that name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. And if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who refuse to obey the gospel of God? 18 "If it is hard for the righteous person to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and sinful person?" 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do what is good.

1 John 3:17-18

17 Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him? 18 Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.

Mark 10:42-45

42 Jesus called his disciples and said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers among the gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors act like tyrants over them. 43 That's not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to everyone, 45 because even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."

Galatians 5:13-15

13 For you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity to gratify your flesh, but through love make it your habit to serve one another. 14 For the whole law is summarized in a single statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not destroyed by each other.

Hebrews 13:16

16 Do not neglect to do good and to be generous, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

Luke 21:1-4

1 Now Jesus looked up and saw rich people dropping their gifts into the offering box. 2 Then he saw a destitute widow drop in two small copper coins. 3 He said, "I tell you with certainty, this destitute widow has dropped in more than all of them, 4 because all the others contributed to the offering out of their surplus, but she, in her poverty, dropped in everything she had to live on."

John 13:4-5

4 therefore he got up from the table, removed his outer robe, and took a towel and fastened it around his waist. 5 Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel that was tied around his waist.

John 13:1-13

1 Now before the Passover Festival, Jesus realized that his hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 By supper time, the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray him. 3 Because Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into his control, that he had come from God, and that he was returning to God, 4 therefore he got up from the table, removed his outer robe, and took a towel and fastened it around his waist. 5 Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel that was tied around his waist. 6 Then he came to Simon Peter, who asked him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus answered him, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later on you will understand." 8 Peter said to him, "You must never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you cannot be involved with me." 9 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well!" 10 Jesus told him, "Whoever has bathed is entirely clean. He doesn't need to wash himself further, except for his feet. And you men are clean, though not all of you." 11 For he knew who was going to betray him. That's why he said, "Not all of you are clean." 12 When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer robe, he sat down again and said to them, "Do you realize what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right because that is what I am.

Romans 12:6-7

6 We have different gifts based on the grace that was given to us. So if your gift is prophecy, use your gift in proportion to your faith. 7 If your gift is serving, devote yourself to serving others. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching others.

1 Timothy 3:13

13 Those deacons who serve well gain an excellent reputation for themselves and will have great assurance by their faith in the Messiah Jesus.

Luke 22:25-27

25 But he said to them, "The kings of the gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But you are not to do so. On the contrary, the greatest among you should become like the youngest, and the one who leads should become like the one who serves. 27 Because who is greater, the one who sits at the table, or the one who serves? It is the one at the table, isn't it? But I am among you as one who serves.

Genesis 1:1

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Proverbs 31:8-9

8 Speak for those who cannot speak; seek justice for all those on the verge of destruction. 9 Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are God's masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.

Philippians 2:1-4:23

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there is any compassion and sympathy, 2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind. 3 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves. 4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. 5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in the Messiah Jesus: 6 In God's own form existed he, and shared with God equality, deemed nothing needed grasping. 7 Instead, poured out in emptiness, a servant's form did he possess, a mortal man becoming. In human form he chose to be, 8 and lived in all humility, death on a cross obeying. 9 Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing. 10 And so, when Jesus' name is called, the knees of everyone should fall wherever they're residing. 11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising. 12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing 15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, God's children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiah returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain. 17 Yet even if I am being poured out like an offering as part of the sacrifice and service I offer for your faith, I rejoice, and I share my joy with all of you. 18 In the same way, you also should rejoice and share your joy with me. 19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I can be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 I do not have anyone else like him who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21 For all the others look after their own interests, not after those of Jesus the Messiah. 22 But you know his proven worth {— } how like a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things are going to turn out for me. 24 Indeed, I am confident in the Lord that I will come to visit you soon. 25 Meanwhile, I thought it best to send Epaphroditus {— } my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need {— } back to you. 26 For he has been longing for all of you and is troubled because you heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed, he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow on top of another. 28 Therefore, I am especially eager to send him so that you may have the joy of seeing him again, and so that I may feel relieved. 29 So joyfully welcome him in the Lord and make sure you honor such people highly, 30 because he came close to death for the work of the Messiah by risking his life to complete what remained unfinished in your service to me.

Philippians 3:1-4:23

1 So then, my brothers, keep on rejoicing in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you; indeed, it is for your safety. 2 Beware of the dogs! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the mutilators! 3 For it is we who are the circumcision {— } we who worship in the Spirit of God and find our joy in the Messiah Jesus. We have not placed any confidence in the flesh, 4 although I could have confidence in the flesh. If anyone thinks he can place confidence in the flesh, I have more reason to think so. 5 Having been circumcised on the eighth day, I am of the nation of Israel, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. As far as the law is concerned, I was a Pharisee. 6 As for my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church. As far as righteousness in the law is concerned, I was blameless. 7 But whatever things were assets to me, these I now consider a loss for the sake of the Messiah. 8 What is more, I continue to consider all these things as a loss for the sake of the what is far more valuable, knowing the Messiah Jesus, my Lord. It is because of him that I have experienced the loss of all those things. Indeed, I consider them rubbish in order to gain the Messiah 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through the faithfulness of the Messiah, the righteousness that comes from God and that depends on faith. 10 I want to know the Messiah {— } what his resurrection power is like and what it means to share in his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 though I hope to experience the resurrection from the dead. 12 It's not that I have already reached this goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it, hoping somehow to embrace it just as I have been embraced by the Messiah Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus. 15 Therefore, those of us who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will show you how to think. 16 However, we should live up to what we have achieved so far. 17 Join together in imitating me, brothers, and pay close attention to those who live by the example we have set for you. 18 For I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of the Messiah. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on worldly things. 20 Our citizenship, however, is in heaven, and it is from there that we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. 21 He will change our humble bodies and make them like his glorious body through the power that enables him to bring everything under his authority.

Philippians 4:1-23

1 Therefore, my dear brothers whom I long for, my joy and my victor's crown, this is how you must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to have the same attitude in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, my true partner, to help these women. They have worked hard with me to advance the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4 Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times. I will say it again: Keep on rejoicing! 5 Let your gracious attitude be known to all people. The Lord is near: 6 Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving. 7 Then God's peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in union with the Messiah Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy {— } keep thinking about these things. 9 Likewise, keep practicing these things: what you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. 10 Now I rejoice in the Lord greatly, because once again you have shown your concern for me. Of course, you were concerned for me but you did not have an opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in any need, for I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in. 12 I know how to be humble, and I know how to prosper. In each and every situation I have learned the secret of being full and of going hungry, of having too much and of having too little. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, it was kind of you to share my troubles. 15 You Philippians also know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church participated with me in the matter of giving and receiving except for you. 16 Even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my needs not once, but twice. 17 It is not that I am looking for a gift. No, I want to see that you receive the fruit that increases to your benefit. 18 I have been paid in full and have more than enough. I am fully supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus what you sent {— } a fragrant aroma, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus. 20 Glory belongs to our God and Father forever and ever! Amen. 21 Greet every saint who is union with the Messiah Jesus. The brothers who are with me send their greetings to you. 22 All the saints, especially those of the emperor's household, greet you. 23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be with your spirit! Amen.

Romans 12:9-13

9 Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to each other with mutual affection. Excel at showing respect for each other. 11 Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer. 13 Supply the needs of the saints. Extend hospitality to strangers.

Galatians 6:9

9 Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest {— } if we do not give up.

2 Chronicles 15:7

7 Now as for you, be strong and never be discouraged, because there will be reward for your work.

Luke 6:27-45

27 "But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you. 29 If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one as well, and if someone takes your coat, don't keep back your shirt, either. 30 Keep on giving to everyone who asks you for something, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not insist on getting it back. 31 Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them. 32 "If you love those who love you, what thanks do you deserve? Why, even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners do that. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to get something back, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back what they lend. 35 Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." 37 "Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap, because you will be evaluated by the same standard with which you evaluate others." 39 He also told them a parable: "One blind person can't lead another blind person, can he? Both will fall into a ditch, won't they? 40 A disciple is not better than his teacher. But everyone who is fully-trained will be like his teacher. 41 "Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you don't see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you'll see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye." 43 "A good tree doesn't produce rotten fruit, and a rotten tree doesn't produce good fruit, 44 because every tree is known by its own fruit. People don't gather figs from thorny plants or pick grapes from a thorn bush. 45 A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart."

1 Corinthians 9:19

19 Although I am free from everyone's expectations, I have made myself a servant to all of them to win more people.

James 2:14-17

14 What good does it do, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but does not prove it with actions? This kind of faith cannot save him, can it? 15 Suppose a brother or sister does not have any clothes or daily food 16 and one of you tells them, "Go in peace! Stay warm and eat heartily." If you do not provide for their bodily needs, what good does it do? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.

Matthew 5:16

16 In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven."

1 Samuel 12:24

24 Only, fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Indeed, consider what great things he has done for you.

1 John 3:18

18 Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' 37 "Then the righteous will say to him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 The king will answer them, 'I tell you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.'

Mark 10:45

45 because even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."

Proverbs 19:17

17 Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the LORD {— } the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.

Luke 6:38

38 Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap, because you will be evaluated by the same standard with which you evaluate others."

Matthew 23:11

11 The person who is greatest among you must be your servant.

Proverbs 11:25

25 A generous person will prosper, and anyone who gives water will receive a flood in return.

Philippians 2:1-11

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there is any compassion and sympathy, 2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind. 3 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves. 4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. 5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in the Messiah Jesus: 6 In God's own form existed he, and shared with God equality, deemed nothing needed grasping. 7 Instead, poured out in emptiness, a servant's form did he possess, a mortal man becoming. In human form he chose to be, 8 and lived in all humility, death on a cross obeying. 9 Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing. 10 And so, when Jesus' name is called, the knees of everyone should fall wherever they're residing. 11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising.

Matthew 20:28

28 That's the way it is with the Son of Man. He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."

Mark 9:35

35 So he sat down, called his twelve disciples, and told them, "If anyone wants to be first he must be last of all and servant of all."

Mark 10:44-45

44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to everyone, 45 because even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."

John 13:12-14

12 When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer robe, he sat down again and said to them, "Do you realize what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right because that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you must also wash one another's feet.

Galatians 5:13-14

13 For you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity to gratify your flesh, but through love make it your habit to serve one another. 14 For the whole law is summarized in a single statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself."

Acts 20:35

35 In every way I showed you that by working hard like this we should help the weak and remember the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

1 Peter 4:10-11

10 As good servant managers of God's grace in its various forms, serve one another with the gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must speak God's words. Whoever serves must serve with the strength that God supplies, so that in every way God may be glorified through Jesus, the Messiah. Glory and power belong to him forever and ever! Amen.

1 Peter 4:10

10 As good servant managers of God's grace in its various forms, serve one another with the gift each of you has received.

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