Bible verses about serving others | LEB

Bible verses about "serving others" | LEB

Joshua 22:5

5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and law that Moses Yahweh's servant commanded you, to love Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways, to keep his commandments, to hold fast to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."*

Isaiah 1:1-31

1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. 2 Hear, heavens, and listen, earth, for Yahweh has spoken: "I reared children and I brought them up, but they rebelled against me. 3 An ox knows its owner and a donkey the manger of its master. Israel does not know; my people do not understand. 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people heavy with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly. They have forsaken Yahweh; they have despised the holy one of Israel. They are estranged and gone backward. 5 Why do you want to be beaten again? You continue in rebellion. The whole of the head is sick, and the whole of the heart is faint. 6 From the sole of the foot and up to the head there is no health in it; bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed, and they have not been bound up and not softened with the oil. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; As for your land, aliens are devouring it in your presence, and it is desolate, like devastation by foreigners. 8 And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a shelter in a cucumber field, like a city that is besieged.* 9 If Yahweh of hosts had not left us survivors,* we would have been as few as Sodom, we would have become like Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, people of Gomorrah! 11 What is the abundance of your sacrifices to me? says Yahweh. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened animals and I do not delight in the blood of bulls and ram-lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who asked for this from your hand: you trampling my courts? 13 You must not continue* to bring offerings* of futility, incense—it is an abomination to me; new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation— I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly. 14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become to me like a burden, I am not able to bear them. 15 And when you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers,* I will not be listening. Your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash! Make yourselves clean! Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes! Cease to do evil! 17 Learn to do good! Seek justice! Rescue the oppressed! Defend the orphan! Plead for the widow! 18 "Come now, and let us argue," says Yahweh. "Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. 19 If you are willing and you are obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. 20 But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword. 21 How has a faithful city become like a whore? Full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. 22 Your silver has become as dross; Your wine is diluted with waters. 23 Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Every one loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the orphan and the legal dispute of the widow does not come before them. 24 Therefore, the declaration of the Lord Yahweh of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: "Ah, I will be relieved of my enemies, and I will avenge myself on my foes. 25 And I will turn my hand against you; I will purify your dross like lye, and I will remove all of your tin. 26 And I will restore your judges, as at the first, and your counselors, as at the beginning. After this you will be called* the city of righteousness, faithful city. 27 Zion will be redeemed by justice, and those of her who repent, by righteousness. 28 But the destruction of rebels and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake Yahweh will perish. 29 For you* will be ashamed of the oaks in which you delighted, and you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen. 30 For you shall be like an oak withering its leaves, and like a garden where there is no water for her. 31 And the strong man shall become like tinder, and his work like a spark. And both of them shall burn together, and there is not one to quench them."

Malachi 3:1-18

1 "Look! I am going to send my messenger,* and he will prepare* the way before me.* And the Lord whom you are seeking will come suddenly to his temple, and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you are taking pleasure—look!—he is about to come," says Yahweh of hosts. 2 And who can endure the day of his coming? And who is the one who can stand when he appears?* For he is like a refiner's fire, like launderers' alkali.* 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the children of Levi, and he will refine them like gold and like silver, and they will present to Yahweh offerings* in righteousness. 4 And the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Yahweh, like in the days of old and like in former years. 5 "Then I will approach you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers, and against those who swear falsely,* and against the oppressors of the hired worker with his wages, the widow and the orphan, and the abusers of* the alien,* and yet do not fear me," says Yahweh of hosts. 6 "For I, Yahweh, have not changed,* and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished.*

Matthew 10:16

16 "Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Malachi 3:7-18

7 From the days of your ancestors* you have turned aside from my rules, and have not kept* them! Return to me and I will return to you," says Yahweh of hosts, "but you say, 'How shall we return?' 8 Will a human dare to rob God? Yet you are robbing me! And you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In the tithes and the contributions! 9 You are being cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse,* so that there will be food in my house, and test me please in this," says Yahweh of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour forth for you an overflowing blessing.* 11 I will rebuke the devourer* for you; it will not destroy the fruit of your soil; your vine in the field will not be unfruitful," says Yahweh of hosts. 12 "And all the nations will call you blessed, because you will be a land in which one takes joy,"* says Yahweh of hosts. 13 "Your words have been harsh* against me," says Yahweh. "But you say, 'How have we spoken together against you?' 14 You have said, 'It is useless* to serve God! What is the gain if we keep* his requirements, and if we walk as mourners before* Yahweh of hosts? 15 And now we are calling the arrogant blessed! Not only do those who do wickedness prosper; they also test God and they escape!'" 16 Then those who revered* Yahweh spoke with one another.* And Yahweh listened attentively* and heard, and a scroll of remembrance was written before him* of those who revere* Yahweh and ponder his name. 17 "They will be mine," says Yahweh of hosts, "on the day that I am acting, my treasured possession. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. 18 You will return and see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.

Matthew 8:1-4

1 And when* he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper approached and* worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you are able to make me clean." 3 And extending his hand he touched him, saying, "I am willing, be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

Luke 9:57-10:16

57 And as* they were traveling on the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go!" 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his* head." 59 And he said to another, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, first allow me to go and* bury my father." 60 But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead! But you go and* proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 And another person also said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say farewell to those in my house." 62 But Jesus said,* "No one who puts his* hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God!"

Luke 10:1-16

1 And after these things, the Lord also* appointed seventy-two others and sent them out two by two before him* into every town and place where he was about to go. 2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he send out workers into his harvest. 3 Go! Behold, I am sending you out like lambs in the midst of wolves! 4 Do not carry a money bag or a traveler's bag or sandals, and greet no one along the road. 5 And into whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace be to this household!" 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide,* for the worker is worthy of his pay. Do not move from house to house. 8 And into whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat whatever is* set before you, 9 and heal the sick in it, and say to them, "The kingdom of God has come near to you." 10 But into whatever town you enter and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and* say, 11 "Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you! Nevertheless know this: that the kingdom of God has come near!"* 12 I tell you that it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town! 13 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes! 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and for Sidon in the judgment than for you! 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No! You will be brought down to Hades! 16 The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me. But the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

Philippians 2:1-13

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 complete my joy, so that you are in agreement*, having the same love, united in spirit, having one purpose*. 3 Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, 4 each of you* not looking out for your own interests*, but also each of you for the interests* of others. 5 Think this in* yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by* taking the form of a slave, by* becoming in the likeness of people. And being found in appearance like a man, 8 he humbled himself by* becoming obedient to the point of death, that is, death on a cross. 9 Therefore also God exalted him and graciously granted him the name above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For the one at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure, is God.

Ephesians 6:7-8

7 serving with goodwill as to the Lord and not to people, 8 because you* know that each one of you, whatever good he should do,* this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.

James 1:1-27

1 James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the dispersion. Greetings! 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, whenever you encounter various trials, 3 because you* know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask for it from God, who gives to all without reservation and not reproaching, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask for it in faith, without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed about. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Now let the brother of humble circumstances boast in his high position, 10 but the rich person in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of the grass. 11 For the sun rises with its burning heat and dries up the grass, and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its appearance is lost. So also the rich person in his pursuits* will wither away. 12 Blessed is the person* who endures testing, because when he* is approved he will receive the crown of life that he* has promised to those who love him. 13 No one who is being tempted should say, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted* by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he* is dragged away and enticed by his own desires. 15 Then desire, after it* has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it* is brought to completion, gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of change. 18 By his* will he gave birth to us through the message of truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 Understand this, my dear brothers: every person must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, 20 for human* anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all moral uncleanness and wicked excess, welcome* with humility the implanted message which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the message and not hearers only,* deceiving yourselves, 23 because if anyone is a hearer of the message and not a doer, this one is like someone* staring at his own face* in a mirror, 24 for he looks at himself and goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues to do it, not being a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts, this one will be blessed in what he does*. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious, although he* does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our* God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

1 Peter 1:10-16

10 Concerning this* salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace meant for you sought and made careful inquiry, 11 investigating for what person or which time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he* testified beforehand to the sufferings with reference to Christ and the glories after these things, 12 to whom it was revealed that they were serving not themselves but you with reference to the same things which now have been announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which* angels desire to look. 13 Therefore, when you have prepared your minds for action* by* being self-controlled, put your hope completely in the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former desires you used to conform to* in your ignorance, 15 but as the one who called you is holy, you yourselves be holy in all your conduct, 16 for it is written, "You will be holy, because I am* holy."**

Proverbs 14:21

21 He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but he who has mercy on the poor blesses him.

Matthew 8:5-13

5 Now when* he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him, appealing to him 6 and saying, "Lord, my slave* is lying paralyzed in my* house, terribly tormented!" 7 And he said to him, "I will come and* heal him." 8 And the centurion answered and* said, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come in under my roof. But only say the word and my slave will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority who has soldiers under me, and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another one, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it*." 10 Now when* Jesus heard this,* he was astonished, and said to those who were following him,* "Truly I say to you, I have found such great faith with no one in Israel. 11 But I say to you that many will come from east and west and be seated at the banquet* with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!" 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go, as you have believed it will be done for you." And the slave* was healed at that hour.

John 7:1-24

1 And after these things Jesus was going about in Galilee. For he did not want to go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the feast of the Jews—the feast of Tabernacles—was near. 3 So his brothers said to him, "Depart from here and go to Judea, so that your disciples also can see your works that you are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret and yet he himself desires to be publicly recognized.* If you are doing these things, reveal yourself to the world!" 5 (For not even his brothers believed in him.) 6 So Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I am testifying about it, that its deeds are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not* going up to this feast, because my time is not yet completed.* 9 And when he* had said these things, he remained in Galilee. 10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not openly, but (as it were) in secret. 11 So the Jews were looking for him at the feast, and were saying, "Where is he?" 12 And there was a lot of grumbling concerning him among the crowds; some were saying, "He is a good man," but others were saying, "No, but he deceives the crowd." 13 However, no one was speaking openly about him for fear of the Jews. 14 Now when the feast was already half over,* Jesus went to the temple courts* and began to teach.* 15 Then the Jews were astonished, saying, "How does this man possess knowledge,* because he* has not been taught?" 16 So Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not mine, but is from the one who sent me. 17 If anyone wants to do his will, he will know about my* teaching, whether it is from God or I am speaking from myself. 18 The one who speaks from himself seeks his own glory. But the one who seeks the glory of the one who sent him—this one is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law, and none of you carries out the law? Why do you seek to kill me?" 20 The crowd replied, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?" 21 Jesus answered and said to them, "I performed one work, and you are all astonished. 22 Because of this Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses would not be broken, are you angry with me because I made a whole man well* on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to outward appearance, but judge according to righteous judgment!"

Romans 12:1

1 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.

Philippians 2:2

2 complete my joy, so that you are in agreement*, having the same love, united in spirit, having one purpose*.

2 Thessalonians 3:8

8 nor did we eat bread from anyone without paying, but with toil and labor, we were working night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you,

Hebrews 6:10-12

10 For God is not unjust, so as to forget your work and the love which you demonstrated for his name by* having served the saints, and continuing to serve them. 11 And we desire each one of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full assurance of your hope until the end, 12 in order that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and patience.

Ephesians 4:11-14

11 And he himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as pastors and teachers 12 for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to a measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be infants, tossed about by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of people, by craftiness with reference to the scheming of deceit.

1 Peter 4:1-19

1 Therefore, because* Christ suffered in the flesh, you also equip yourselves with the same way of thinking, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for the will of God. 3 For the time that has passed was sufficient to do what the Gentiles desire to do*, having lived in licentiousness, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties, and wanton idolatries, 4 with respect to which they are surprised when* you do not run with them into the same flood of dissipation, and so they* revile you. 5 They* will give an account to the one who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 Because for this reason also the gospel was preached to those who are dead, so that they were judged by human standards* in the flesh, but they may live in the spirit by God's standards*. 7 Now the end of all things draws near. Therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for your prayers. 8 Above all, keep* your love for one another constant, because love covers a large number of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as the oracles of God; if anyone serves, let it be as by the strength that God provides, so that in all things God will be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the power forever and ever*. Amen. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, when it* takes place to test you, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, so that also at the revelation of his glory you may rejoice and be glad. 14 If you are reviled on account of the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 By all means do not let anyone of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 But if someone suffers as a Christian, he must not be ashamed, but must glorify God with this name. 17 For it is the time for the judgment to begin out from the household of God. But if it begins out from us first, what will be the outcome for those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous are saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner*?* 19 So then also those who suffer according to the will of God must entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing good.

1 John 3:17-18

17 But whoever has the world's material possessions and observes his brother in need* and shuts his heart against him, how does the love of God reside in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Mark 10:42-45

42 And Jesus called them to himself and* said to them, "You know that those who are considered to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their people in high positions exercise authority over them. 43 But it is not like this among you! But whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be most prominent among you must be the slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Galatians 5:13-15

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."* 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Hebrews 13:16

16 And do not neglect doing good and generosity, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

Luke 21:1-4

1 And he looked up and* saw the rich putting their gifts into the contribution box, 2 and he saw a certain poor widow putting in there two small copper coins.* 3 And he said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than all of them. 4 For these all put gifts* into the offering out of their abundance, but this woman out of her poverty put in all the means of subsistence that she had."

John 13:4-5

4 he got up from the dinner and took off his* outer clothing, and taking a towel, tied it* around himself. 5 Then he poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them* dry with the towel which he had tied around himself.*

John 13:1-13

1 Now before the feast of Passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, and* having loved his* own in the world, loved them to the end. 2 And as* a dinner was taking place, when* the devil had already put into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot that he should betray him, 3 because he* knew that the Father had given him all things into his* hands, and that he had come forth from God and was going away to God, 4 he got up from the dinner and took off his* outer clothing, and taking a towel, tied it* around himself. 5 Then he poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them* dry with the towel which he had tied around himself.* 6 Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand after these things." 8 Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet forever!"* Jesus replied to him, "Unless I wash you, you do not have a share with me." 9 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my* hands and my* head!" 10 Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed only needs* to wash his* feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not all of you." 11 (For he knew the one who would betray him; because of this he said, "Not all of you are clean.") 12 So when he had washed their feet and taken his outer clothing and reclined at table again, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you speak correctly, for I am.

Romans 12:6-7

6 but having different gifts according to the grace given to us: if it is prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if it is service, by service; if it is one who teaches, by teaching;

1 Timothy 3:13

13 For those who have served well acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 22:25-27

25 So he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles* lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like this! But the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am in your midst as the one who serves.

Genesis 1:1

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

Proverbs 31:8-9

8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights* of all the needy.* 9 Open your mouth, judge righteousness, and defend the poor and needy.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we may walk in them.

Philippians 2:1-4:23

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 complete my joy, so that you are in agreement*, having the same love, united in spirit, having one purpose*. 3 Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, 4 each of you* not looking out for your own interests*, but also each of you for the interests* of others. 5 Think this in* yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by* taking the form of a slave, by* becoming in the likeness of people. And being found in appearance like a man, 8 he humbled himself by* becoming obedient to the point of death, that is, death on a cross. 9 Therefore also God exalted him and graciously granted him the name above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For the one at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure, is God. 14 Do all things without grumbling and disputing, 15 in order that you may become blameless and innocent, children of God without fault* in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as stars in the world,* 16 holding fast to the word of life, for a source of pride* to me in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and rejoice with all of you. 18 And in the same way also you rejoice and rejoice with me. 19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I also may be encouraged when I* know your circumstances*. 20 For I have no one like-minded who will sincerely be concerned about your circumstances*. 21 For they all seek their own interests*, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his proven character, that like a child with a father he served with me for the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see my circumstances*. 24 And I am convinced in the Lord that I myself will arrive shortly also. 25 But I considered it* necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, but your messenger and servant of my need, 26 because he was longing for all of you and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick, coming near to death, but God had mercy on him and not on him only, but also on me, so that I would not have grief upon grief. 28 Therefore I am sending him with special urgency, in order that when* you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less anxious. 29 Therefore welcome him in the Lord with all joy, and consider such people highly honored, 30 because on account of the work of Christ he came near to the point of death, risking his life in order that he might make up for your inability to serve me*.

Philippians 3:1-4:23

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, but is a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the mutilation.* 3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship* by the Spirit* of God and boast in Christ Jesus and do not put confidence in the flesh, 4 although I could have confidence even in the flesh. 5 circumcised on the eighth day*, from the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born from Hebrews, according to the law a Pharisee, 6 according to zeal persecuting the church, according to the righteousness in the law being blameless. 7 But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have considered loss because of Christ. 8 More than that*, I even consider all things to be loss because of the surpassing greatness of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for the sake of whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and consider them* dung, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and may be found in him, not having my righteousness which is from the law, but which is through faith in Christ,* the righteousness from God on the basis of faith,* 10 so that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already received this,* or have already been made perfect, but I press on if indeed I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ.* 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have laid hold of it.* But I do one thing, forgetting the things behind and straining toward the things ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore as many as are perfect, let us hold this opinion*, and if you think anything differently, God will reveal this also to you. 16 Only to what we have attained, to the same hold on. 17 Become fellow imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who walk in this way, just as you have us as an example. 18 For many live, of whom I spoke about to you many times, but now speak about even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose God is the stomach, and whose glory is in their shame, the ones who think on earthly things. 20 For our commonwealth exists in heaven, from which also we eagerly await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our humble body to be conformed to his glorious body, in accordance with the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Philippians 4:1-23

1 So then, my beloved and greatly desired brothers, my joy and crown, thus stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 2 I appeal to Euodia and I appeal to Syntyche to be in agreement* in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask also you, true yokefellow, help them, who struggled along with me in the gospel with both Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be made known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds* in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are pleasing, whatever things are commendable, if there is any excellence of character and if anything praiseworthy, think about these things. 9 And the things which you have learned and received and heard about and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your concern for me*, for whom also you were thinking, but you had no opportunity to express it. 11 Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how both to make do with little* and I know how to have an abundance*. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to have an abundance* and to go without. 13 I am able to do all things by the one who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless you have done well by sharing* with me in my affliction. 15 Now you also know, Philippians, that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone, 16 because even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion* you sent for my need. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek for the profit that increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am well supplied* because* I received from Epaphroditus what you had sent*, a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will fulfill your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever*. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, and especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Romans 12:9-13

9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; be attached to what is good, 10 being devoted to one another in brotherly love, esteeming one another more highly in honor, 11 not lagging in diligence, being enthusiastic in spirit, serving the Lord, 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in affliction, being devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, pursuing hospitality.

Galatians 6:9

9 And let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we* do not give up.

2 Chronicles 15:7

7 But as for you, be strong and let not your hands be weak, for there is reward for your labor."

Luke 6:27-45

27 "But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from the one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic also. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and from the one who takes away your things, do not ask for them back.* 31 And just as you want people to do* to you, do the same* to them. 32 "And if you love those who love you, what kind of credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if* you do good to those who do good to you, what kind of credit is that to you? Even the sinners do the same! 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive back, what kind of credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, so that they may get back an equal amount! 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend expecting back nothing, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful!* 37 "And do not judge, and you will never be judged. And do not condemn, and you will never be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure—pressed down, shaken, overflowing—they will pour out into your lap. For with the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you in return." 39 And he also told them a parable: "Surely a blind person cannot lead the blind, can he?* Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not superior to his* teacher, but everyone, when he* is fully trained, will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the beam of wood that is in your own eye? 42 How are you able to say to your brother, "Brother, allow me to remove the speck that is in your eye," while* you yourself do not see the beam of wood in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the beam of wood from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye! 43 "For there is no good tree that produces bad fruit, nor on the other hand a bad tree that produces good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn plants, nor are grapes harvested from thorn bushes. 45 The good person out of the good treasury of his heart brings forth good, and the evil person out of his* evil treasury* brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

1 Corinthians 9:19

19 For although I* am free from all people, I have enslaved myself to all, in order that I may gain more.

James 2:14-17

14 What is the benefit, my brothers, if someone says that he has faith but does not have works? That faith is not able to save him, is it?* 15 If a brother or a sister is poorly clothed and lacking food for the day, 16 and one of you should say to them, "Go in peace, keep warm and eat well*," but does not give them what is necessary for the body, what is the benefit? 17 Thus also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.

Matthew 5:16

16 In the same way let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

1 Samuel 12:24

24 Only fear Yahweh and serve him faithfully with all of your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.*

1 John 3:18

18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 For 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 as a guest, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,* or thirsty and give you something* to drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you* as a guest, or naked and clothe you?* 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?' 40 And the king will answer and* say to them, 'Truly I say to you, in as much as you did it* to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it* to me.'

Mark 10:45

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

Proverbs 19:17

17 He who lends to Yahweh is he who is kind to the poor, and his benefits he will repay to him.

Luke 6:38

38 Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure—pressed down, shaken, overflowing—they will pour out into your lap. For with the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you in return."

Matthew 23:11

11 And the greatest among you will be your servant.

Proverbs 11:25

25 A person of blessing will be enriched, and he who gives water also will be refreshed.

Philippians 2:1-11

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 complete my joy, so that you are in agreement*, having the same love, united in spirit, having one purpose*. 3 Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, 4 each of you* not looking out for your own interests*, but also each of you for the interests* of others. 5 Think this in* yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by* taking the form of a slave, by* becoming in the likeness of people. And being found in appearance like a man, 8 he humbled himself by* becoming obedient to the point of death, that is, death on a cross. 9 Therefore also God exalted him and graciously granted him the name above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 20:28

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

Mark 9:35

35 And he sat down and* called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all."

Mark 10:44-45

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

John 13:12-14

12 So when he had washed their feet and taken his outer clothing and reclined at table again, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you speak correctly, for I am. 14 If then I—your* Lord and Teacher—wash your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

Galatians 5:13-14

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."*

Acts 20:35

35 I have shown you with respect to all things that by* working hard in this way it is necessary to help those who are in need, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."*

1 Peter 4:10-11

10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as the oracles of God; if anyone serves, let it be as by the strength that God provides, so that in all things God will be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the power forever and ever*. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10

10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

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