Bible verses about guarding your heart | Moffatt

Bible verses about "guarding your heart" | Moffatt

Romans 1:1-32

1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 2 (which he promised of old by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 concerning his Son, who was born of David's offspring by natural descent 4 and installed as Son of God with power by the Spirit of holiness when he was raised from the dead — concerning Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom I have received the favour of my commission to promote obedience to the faith for his sake among all the Gentiles, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 to all in Rome who are beloved by God, called to be saints, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because the report of your faith is over all the world. 9 God is my witness, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I always mention you in my prayers, 10 asking if I may at last be sped upon my way to you by God's will. 11 For I do yearn to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift for your strengthening — 12 or, in other words, that I may be encouraged by meeting you, I by your faith and you by mine. 13 Brothers, I would like you to understand that I have often purposed to come to you (though up till now I have been prevented) so as to have some results among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to wise and to foolish alike, I owe a duty. 15 Hence my eagerness to preach the gospel to you in Rome as well. 16 For I am proud of the gospel; it is God's saving power for everyone who has faith, for the Jew first and for the Greek as well. 17 God's righteousness is revealed in it by faith and for faith — as it is written, Now by faith shall the righteous live. 18 But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder the Truth by their wickedness. 19 For whatever is to be known of God is plain to them; God himself has made it plain — 20 for ever since the world was created, his invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made. So they have no excuse. 21 Though they knew God, they have not glorified him as God nor given thanks to him; they have turned to futile speculations till their ignorant minds grew dark. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they have become fools; 23 they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the semblance of the likeness of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 So God has given them up, in their heart's lust, to sexual vice, to the dishonouring of their own bodies, — 25 since they have exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever: Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to vile passions; their women have exchanged the natural function of sex for what is unnatural, 27 and in the same way the males have abandoned the natural use of women and flamed out in lust for one another, men perpetrating shameless acts with their own sex and getting in their own persons the due recompense of their perversity. 28 Yes, as they disdained to acknowledge God any longer, God has given them up to a reprobate instinct, for the perpetration of what is improper, 29 till they are filled with all manner of wickedness, depravity, lust, and viciousness, filled to the brim with envy, murder, quarrels, intrigues, and malignity — slanderers, 30 defamers, loathed by God, outrageous, haughty, boastful, inventive in evil, disobedient to parents, 31 devoid of conscience, false to their word, callous, merciless; 32 though they know God's decree that people who practise such vice deserve death, they not only do it themselves but applaud those who practise it.

Matthew 5:1-48

1 So when he saw the crowds, he went up the hill and sat down; his disciples came up to him 2 and he opened his lips and began to teach them. He said: 3 "Blessed are those who feel poor in spirit! the Realm of heaven is theirs. 4 Blessed are the mourners! they will be consoled. 5 Blessed are the humble! they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for goodness! they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful! they will find mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart! they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers! they will be ranked sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of goodness! the Realm of heaven is theirs. 11 Blessed are you when men denounce you and persecute you and utter all manner of evil against you for my sake; 12 rejoice and exult in it, for your reward is rich in heaven; that is how they persecuted the prophets before you. 13 You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes insipid, what can make it salt again? After that it is fit for nothing, fit only to be thrown outside and trodden by the feet of men. 14 You are the light of the world. A town on the top of a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp to put it under a bowl; they put it on a stand and it shines for all in the house. 16 So your light is to shine before men, that they may see the good you do and glorify your Father in heaven. 17 Do not imagine I have come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I have not come to destroy but to fulfil. 18 (I tell you truly, till heaven and earth pass away not an iota, not a comma, will pass from the Law until it is all in force. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes a single one of these commands, were it even one of the least, and teaches men so, he will be ranked least in the Realm of heaven; but whoever obeys them and teaches them, he will be ranked great in the Realm of heaven.) 20 For I tell you, unless your goodness excels that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the Realm of heaven. 21 You have heard how the men of old were told, 'Murder not: whoever murders must come up for sentence, 22 whoever maligns his brother must come before the San hedrin, whoever curses his brother must go to the fire of Gehenna.' But I tell you, whoever is angry with his brother [without cause] will be sentenced by God. 23 So if you remember, even when offering your gift at the altar, that your brother has any grievance against you, 24 leave your gift at the very altar and go away; first be reconciled to your brother, then come back and offer your gift. 25 Be quick and make terms with your opponent, so long as you and he are on the way to court, in case he hands you over to the judge, and the judge to the jailer, and you are thrown into prison; 26 truly I tell you, you will never get out till you pay the last halfpenny of your debt. 27 You have heard how it used to be said, Do not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, any one who even looks with lust at a woman has committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 If your right eye is a hindrance to you, pluck it out and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand is a hindrance to you, cut it off and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. 31 It used to be said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a divorce-certificate. 32 But I tell you, anyone who divorces his wife for any reason except unchastity makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33 Once again, you have heard how the men of old were told, 'You must not forswear yourself but discharge your vows to the Lord'. 34 But I tell you, you must not swear any oath, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 nor by earth, for it is the footstool of his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King; 36 nor shall you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply 'yes' or 'no'; whatever exceeds that springs from evil. 38 You have heard the saying, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I tell you, you are not to resist an injury: whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well; 40 whoever wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well; 41 whoever forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him; 42 give to the man who begs from you, and turn not away from him who wants to borrow. 43 You have heard the saying, 'You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven: he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love only those who love you, what reward do you get for that? do not the very taxgatherers do as much? 47 and if you only salute your friends, what is special about that? do not the very pagans do as much? 48 You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

John 14:6

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the real and living way: no one comes to the Father except by means of me.

John 3:16-17

16 For God loved the world so dearly that he gave up his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, instead of perishing. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to pass sentence on it, but to save the world by him.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

3 However, the Lord is faithful; he will be sure to strengthen you and protect you from the Evil one.

James 1:27

27 Pure, unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself from the stain of the world.

John 10:10

10 The thief only comes to steal, to slay, and to destroy: I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

Romans 3:10

10 as it is written, None is righteous, no, not one;

Galatians 5:24

24 Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its emotions and passions.

Romans 10:17

17 (You see, faith must come from what is heard, and what is heard comes from word of Christ.)

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

1 Finally, brothers, we beg and beseech you in the Lord Jesus to follow our instructions about the way you are to live so as to satisfy God; you are leading that life, but you are to excel in it still further. 2 You remember the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God's will that you should be consecrated, that you abstain from sexual vice, 4 that each of you should learn to take a wife for himself chastely and honourably, 5 not to gratify sensual passion like the Gentiles in their ignorance of God — 6 no one is to defraud or overreach his brother in this matter, for the Lord avenges all these sins, as we told you already in our solemn protest against them. 7 God did not call us to be impure but to be consecrated; 8 hence, he who disregards this, disregards not man but the God who gave you his holy Spirit.

1 John 1:8

8 If we say, 'We are not guilty,' we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us;

Colossians 3:1

1 Since then you have been raised with Christ, aim at what is above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God;

Matthew 7:6

6 Do not give dogs what is sacred and do not throw pearls before swine, in case they trample them under foot and turn to gore you.

Luke 6:45

45 The good man produces good from the good stored in his heart, and the evil man evil from his evil: for a man's mouth utters what his heart is full of.

Colossians 3:5

5 So put to death those members that are on earth: sexual vice, impurity, appetite, evil desire, and lust (which is idolatry),

Romans 12:2

2 Instead of being moulded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely, what is good and acceptable to him and perfect.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Never be anxious, but always make your requests known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; 7 so shall God's peace, that surpasses all our dreams, keep guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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