Bible verses about serving others | NSB

Bible verses about "serving others" | NSB

Joshua 22:5

5 »Be sure you obey the Law that Moses commanded you. Love Jehovah your God. Do his will. Obey his commandments and be faithful to him. Serve him with all your heart and with all your being (Nephesh: living being).«

Isaiah 1:1-31

1 This is the vision seen by Isaiah the son of Amoz. It is about Judah and Jerusalem at the time of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. 2 Listen, heaven, and pay attention, earth! Jehovah (YHWH) has spoken: »I raised my children and helped them grow, but they have rebelled against me. 3 »The bull knows its owner, and donkey knows where its master feeds it. But Israel does not know. My people do not understand!« 4 Woe to the sinful nation, people heavy with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, sons who are corrupt! They have forsaken Jehovah! They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They have turned away from him. 5 Why do you still want to be beaten? Why do you continue to rebel? Your whole head is infected. Your whole heart is sick. 6 From the bottom of your feet to the top of your head there is no healthy spot left on your body. You have only bruises, sores, and fresh wounds. They have not been cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil. 7 Your country is desolate. Your cities are burned with fire. Foreigners destroy your fields in your presence. Your fields are devastated and taken over by strangers. 8 My people, the daughter of Zion is left like an empty hut in a vineyard. It is like a shack in a cucumber field, like a city under attack. 9 If Jehovah of Hosts had not left us a few survivors, we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah. 10 Listen to the word of Jehovah (YHWH), you rulers of Sodom! Pay attention to the Law of our God, you people of Gomorrah! 11 Jehovah says: »What do your many animal sacrifices mean to me? I have had enough of your burnt offerings of rams and enough fat from your fattened calves. I am not pleased with the blood of bulls, lambs, or male goats. 12 »Who requires you to trample on my courtyards when you appear in my presence? 13 »Do not bring any more worthless grain offerings. Your incense is disgusting to me! So are your New Moon Festivals, your days of worship, and the assemblies you call. I cannot endure your evil assemblies! 14 »I hate your New Moon Festivals and your appointed festivals. They are a burden to me. I am tired of putting up with them. 15 »When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen because your hands are full of blood. 16 »Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil. 17 »Learn to do good (well) (right). Seek justice. Correct oppressors. Defend orphans. Plead the case of widows.« 18 »Come now, let us reason together (make things right) (correct matters) between us!« Says Jehovah. »Though your sins are like scarlet, they will become as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they will become as white as wool. 19 »If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land. 20 »Refuse and rebel and swords will devour you. Jehovah has spoken.« 21 How the faithful town has become a prostitute! She was full of justice, and righteousness lived in her. But now murderers live there! 22 Your silver is not pure. Your beer is watered down. 23 Your rulers are rebels, friends with thieves. They all love bribes and run after gifts. They never defend orphans. They do not listen to the widows' pleas. 24 That is why Jehovah, Jehovah of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, says: »How horrible it will be when I take revenge on my opponents! I will avenge myself against my enemies. 25 »I will turn my power against you (turn the back of my hand upon you). I will remove your impurities with bleach. I will get rid of all your worthless qualities. 26 »I will give you judges like you had long ago, advisers like you had in the beginning. After that you will be called the Righteous City, the Faithful City.« 27 Jehovah’s justice will pardon Zion. Those who return will be pardoned by Jehovah’s righteousness. 28 Rebels and sinners will be crushed at the same time. Those who abandon Jehovah will come to an end. 29 You will be ashamed of the oaks that you wanted to worship. You will be embarrassed by the garden that you have chosen for your gods. 30 You will be like an oak whose leaves wither and like a garden without water. 31 Strong people will become tinder for a fire. Their work will be the spark. Both of them will burn together. There will be no one to put out the fire.

Matthew 10:16

16 »I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Malachi 3:1-18

1 »Behold, I send my messenger! He will prepare the way before me. Seek Jehovah! He will suddenly come to his Temple along with the messenger of the covenant. He is one you desire, behold, he comes,« said Jehovah of Hosts. 2 »Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? He is like a refiner's fire and like laundry soap (the lye of laundrymen). 3 »He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer to Jehovah offerings in righteousness. 4 »The offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to Jehovah like it was in the old days, in ancient years. 5 »I will approach you people for judgment! I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, the adulterers and those acting fraudulently with the wages of the worker, the widow and the fatherless. I will be a speedy witness against those who swear falsely and take advantage of the stranger, and do not show me reverence,« said Jehovah of Hosts. 6 »I am Jehovah. I have not changed! You are the sons of Jacob. You have not yet been destroyed! 7 »Like your fathers before you, you have turned away from my laws and have not obeyed them. Return to me and I will return to you,« said Jehovah of Hosts. »But you ask, ‘how will we return to you?’ 8 »I ask you: ‘will you rob and defraud God? Of course not, yet you are robbing and defrauding me!’ ‘How have we robbed and defrauded?’ You ask. ‘In the matter of tithes and offerings.’ 9 »A curse is on all of you because the whole nation is cheating me. 10 »Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Test me, said Jehovah of Hosts, and see if I will open the windows of heaven and pour out showers of blessing upon you until there is no more want. 11 »I will not let insects destroy your crops. Your grapevines will produce abundantly. 12 »All the nations will pronounce you happy because your land will be a good place to live. 13 »You have said terrible things about me,« said Jehovah of Hosts. »Yet you ask: ‘What have we said about you?’« 14 »You have said: ‘There is no value to serve God. What is the use of doing what he says or of trying to show Jehovah of Hosts that we are sorry for what we have done?’ 15 »We call arrogant people happy. Evil people test God’s patience with their wicked deeds. They not only get away with it, they also prosper.« 16 Those who respected Jehovah spoke to one another, and Jehovah listened to what they had to say. In his presence a memorial record was written down in a book listing those who reverence Jehovah and respect (esteem) (regard) his name. 17 »They will be my people,« said Jehovah of Hosts. »On the day when I act, they will be mine (my special treasure) (my jewels). I will show them compassion just as parents show compassion to the children who serve them. 18 »Once again my people will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and the one who does not.«

Matthew 8:1-4

1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 A leper came to him and bowed down before him, saying: »Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.« 3 He reached out his hand and touched him, saying: »I want to. Be made clean.« Right away his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Jesus told him not to tell anyone. »Show yourself to the priests and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.«

Luke 9:57-10:16

57 On the way a man came to him and said: »I will follow you wherever you go.« 58 Jesus told him: »Foxes have holes and birds of heaven have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.« 59 He told another: »Follow me.« But he said: »Lord first let me go bury my father.« 60 »Let the dead bury the dead. You go and publish abroad the kingdom of God.« Jesus replied. 61 Another said: »I will follow you Lord, but first let me go say good by to my relatives.« 62 Jesus responded: »No man, who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.«

Luke 10:1-16

1 The Lord appointed seventy disciples and sent them in groups of two into every city and place where he was about to go. 2 He said to them: »The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray that the Master (Controller) (Lord) of the harvest will send laborers into his harvest. 3 »Go your way for I send you as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 »Carry no purse, no wallet, and no shoes; and greet no man on the way. 5 »When you enter a house say; may this house have peace. 6 »If a son of peace lives there, your peace shall rest upon him. If not, it shall return to you again. 7 »Remain in that house eating and drinking what they give you. The laborer is worthy of his hire. Do not stay in different houses. 8 »When they receive you in their city eat what ever they set before you. 9 »Heal the sick that are there and say to them, the kingdom of God is near you. 10 »If they do not receive you in their city go into their streets and, 11 »Shake off the dust that clings to your feet, from that city, so they may know that the kingdom of God came near. 12 »I tell you, it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 »Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! If the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 »It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. 15 »Will you Capernaum be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to the grave. 16 »He that hears you hears me; and he that rejects you rejects me and he that rejects me rejects him that sent me.«

Philippians 2:1-13

1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender affection (tender mercy) and compassions, 2 make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than you. 4 Look out for the interest of others and not only for your own personal interest. 5 Have this attitude (mind-set) (understanding) (mental state) in you that was also in Christ Jesus. 6 He existed in the form (shape and nature) of God but did not try to be equal with God. He did not even consider it! 7 He emptied (humbled) himself by taking the form of a servant. He was made in the likeness of men. 8 He obtained the appearance as a man, humbled himself, and became obedient even to death, yes, death on the stake. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him, and gave to him the name that is above every name, (Relative authority given by Jehovah God, the Father to His Son) (Philipians 2:11) 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 My beloved, you have always obeyed, not just in my presence, but now much more in my absence. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 It is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.

Ephesians 6:7-8

7 with goodwill doing service, as to God, and not to men. 8 You know that whatever good thing each person does, the same shall he receive again from God, whether he be slave or free.

James 1:1-27

1 This letter is from James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. Greetings to the twelve tribes that are scattered. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials. 3 Know that the testing of your faith produces patience (endurance). 4 Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God. He gives to all generously and without reproach and it will be given to him. 6 However he must ask in faith, not doubting: for he who doubts is like a surging wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. 7 Do not let that man think that he will receive anything from God. 8 A double-minded man is unstable (inconsistent) in all his ways. 9 Let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position (exaltation). 10 But the rich must be glad when God humbles them. This is because they will wither like wildflowers and pass away. 11 The sun rises with scorching heat and withers the grass. The flower falls off and its beauty perishes. So also the rich man will fade away in his pursuits. 12 The man who endures under trial is blessed. For when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted: »God tempts me.« God cannot be tempted with evil, and he tempts (entices) (tests) (trys) no one. 14 Each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his evil desire (lust). He is enticed (allured). 15 Then evil desires, when conceived, give birth to sin: and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. It comes down from the Father of lights (truth and spiritual purity), with whom there is no variation. He does not change like shifting shadows. 18 Using his own will, he gave us birth through the word of truth. This way we would be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 You know this, my beloved brothers. But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. 20 The anger of man does not promote the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore get rid of all filthiness and wickedness. Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save you. 22 Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, who deceive themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror. 24 He sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continues, being not a hearer who forgets but a doer who works, this man will be blessed in what he does. 26 If any man thinks he is religious, while he does not control his tongue but deceives his heart, this man's religion is vain (worthless) (useless). 27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for the fatherless persons and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself without spot from the world.

1 Peter 1:10-16

10 Concerning this salvation the prophets inquired and searched diligently! They prophesied about the grace that should come to you: 11 searching what time or what manner of time the spirit of Christ that was in them did point to, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them. 12 God revealed to the prophets that the things they spoke were not for their own benefit but for yours. The Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to make known to you what the prophets spoke. Those who spread the good news to you did this. These are things even the angels want to look into. 13 Brace up your minds. Remain sober, and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 Live as children of obedience. Do not fashion yourself according to your former lusts, for you were ignorant at that time. 15 Be holy in all your conduct, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 Because it is written: »You shall be holy for I am holy.«

Proverbs 14:21

21 He who despises his neighbor sins. He who has mercy on the poor is happy.

Matthew 8:5-13

5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion (captain of one hundred men) approached him. 6 He said: »Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home and terribly tormented.« 7 Jesus said to him: »I will come and heal him.« 8 The centurion replied to Jesus: »Lord, I am not worthy that you come under my roof. Say the word and my servant will be healed. 9 »I also am a man having authority and commanding soldiers. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.« 10 When Jesus heard it, he was amazed, and said to the crowd: »I tell you, I have not found such great faith in Israel. 11 »I tell you, many will come from the east and the west, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: 12 »but the sons of the kingdom will be cast forth into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.« 13 Jesus said to the centurion: »Go. Just as you believe, so it will be done to you.« The servant was healed in that hour.

John 7:1-24

1 After that Jesus walked in Galilee. He would not walk in Judea because the Jews looked for ways to kill him. 2 It was time for the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. 3 His brothers said to him: »Leave here and go to Judea. That way your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4 »No one does anything in secret when he seeks to be known publicly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.« 5 For his brothers did not express active faith in him. 6 Then Jesus replied: »My time is not yet here but your time is always ready. 7 »The world has no reason to hate you. But it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 »You go to this feast. I will not go to this feast for my time has not yet come.« 9 When he said these words to them he stayed in Galilee. 10 When his brothers left he secretly went to the feast. 11 The Jews looked for him at the feast and they said: »Where is he?« 12 There was much whispering among the people concerning him. Some said: »He is a good man.« Others said: »No, he deceives the people.« 13 However no man spoke openly about him out of fear of the Jews. 14 Midway through the feast Jesus went to the temple and taught. 15 The Jews wondered saying: »How does this man know letters? He has had no formal education.« 16 Jesus replied: »My teaching is not my own. It is his who sent me. 17 »If any man does his will he shall know the teachings. He will know if it is from God, or whether I speak from myself. 18 »He who speaks from his own authority seeks his own glory. He who seeks glory for the one who sent him is true. Unrighteousness is not found in him. 19 »Did Moses give you the law? Yet none of you obey the law! Why do you seek to kill me?« 20 The crowd answered: »You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?« 21 Jesus responded: »I did one work and you all marveled because of it. 22 »Moses gave you circumcision. Not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers. And you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 »A man receives circumcision on the Sabbath. That way the Law of Moses may not be broken. Are you angry with me, because I made an entire man whole on the Sabbath? 24 »Do not judge according to appearance! Judge a righteous judgment.«

Romans 12:1

1 I request (urge) (implore) you brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Philippians 2:2

2 make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one purpose.

2 Thessalonians 3:8

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

Hebrews 6:10-12

10 For God is not unrighteous (unjust) to forget your work and the love you showed for his name. You ministered to the holy ones and continue to minister. 11 We desire that every one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope down to the end. 12 We desire that you are not lazy, but follow those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

1 Peter 4:1-19

1 Since Christ suffered physically for us, you too must strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking that he had. Whoever suffers physically has ceased from sin. 2 From now on you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires (lusts). 3 You have spent enough time in the past doing what unbelievers like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of idols (false gods). 4 They think it strange that you do not run with them in wild and reckless living and they speak evil about you. 5 They will give account to him that is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 The good news was preached for this purpose even to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the spirit. 7 The end of all things is near. Be of sound mind and judgment. Also be sober for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all things have intense love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 According to the gift you have received, minister among yourselves, as good stewards of the increased grace (divine influence) (love) of God. 11 If any man speaks, speak as it were utterances of God. If any man ministers, minister with the strength which God supplies! May God be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. The glory and dominion belong to God forever and ever. Amen. 12 Beloved ones do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, for it comes upon you like a test, as though some strange thing were happening to you. 13 As much as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evildoer, or as a meddler in other people’s business. 16 If a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God. If it begins with us first what will it be like in the end for those who do not obey the good news of God? 18 If the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinners appear? 19 Let them also that suffer according to the will of God commend themselves in well doing to a faithful Creator.

1 John 3:17-18

17 Whoever has this world's goods and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his compassion from him, how does the love of God dwell in him? 18 My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

Ephesians 4:11-14

11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers. 12 This is for the perfecting (equipping) (preparing) of the holy ones, for the work of ministering, for the building up of the body of Christ: 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error.

Mark 10:42-45

42 Jesus called them together and said: »You know that those who rule over the nations lord it over them. Their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 »It is not so among you. Whoever would become great among you, shall be your minister (servant) (attendant). 44 »Whoever would be first among you, shall be servant of all. 45 »For the Son of man also came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.«

Galatians 5:13-15

13 For you brothers, were called for freedom; only do not use your freedom for an occasion to the flesh. Serve one another through love! 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you continue to bite and devour one another, take care that you do not consume one another.

Hebrews 13:16

16 Do not forget (neglect) to do good and to communicate (fellowship) (share), for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Luke 21:1-4

1 He saw rich men putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 Then he saw a poor widow putting in two small coins. 3 »I tell you a truth,« he said: »This poor widow gave more than all of them. 4 »They all gave out of their surplus but she gave out of her poverty. She gave all that she had for living expenses.«

John 13:4-5

4 He got up from the meal and laid aside his garments. He wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into the basin and washed the disciples’ feet. He wiped them with the towel he was wearing.

John 13:1-13

1 Jesus knew before the feast of the Passover that the time had come for him to leave this world and return to his Father. He loved his own who were in the world to the very end. 2 The devil influenced the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. So he betrayed him during the meal. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him power over all things. He also knew it came from God and he returns it to God. 4 He got up from the meal and laid aside his garments. He wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into the basin and washed the disciples’ feet. He wiped them with the towel he was wearing. 6 When he approached, Simon Peter said: »Lord do you wash my feet?« 7 »You do not know what I do now,« Jesus said: »but you will understand later.« 8 Peter said: »You will never wash my feet.« Jesus answered him: »If I do not wash you; you have no part with me.« 9 Simon Peter replied: »Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.« 10 Jesus responded: »He that is bathed must wash his feet. He is clean everywhere and you are clean, but not all.« 11 He knew who would betray him. That is why he said you are not all clean. 12 After he washed their feet he put his outer garments on and sat down. He asked: »Do you know what I have done to you? 13 »You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right for I am.

Romans 12:6-7

6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace that is given to us. Whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he who teaches on teaching;

1 Timothy 3:13

13 For they that have served well as servants gain to themselves a good standing and great confidence (boldness of speech) in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 22:25-27

25 He told them: »The kings of the nations have lordship over them. Those who have authority over them are called Benefactors. 26 »But you should not be this way. He who is the greater among you let him become as the younger. He that is chief among you is he who serves. 27 »Which is greater, he who sits and eats or he who serves? Is it he who sits and eats? However I am in the midst of you as he 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 dumb in the cause of all who are appointed to destruction. 9 Open your mouth and judge righteously. Plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship created with Christ Jesus for good works. God prepared these works in advance that we should walk in them.

Philippians 2:22-4:23

22 But you know of his proven worth. It was like a son with his father that he served with me to further the good news. 23 I hope to send him as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 I trust in the Lord that I also will come shortly. 25 I find it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. He is my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need. 26 He longed to see you and was worried because you had heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed he was sick and near to death. But God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I have sent him quickly, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy. Hold such in honor 30 because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Philippians 3:1-4:23

1 Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not a bother, but for you it is a safeguard. 2 Beware of the dogs (impure men) (false teachers)! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the mutilation of the body. 3 We are those with true circumcision who worship by the Spirit of God. We glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh. 4 I might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks to have confidence in the flesh, I have more! 5 I was circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. 7 Things that offered gain to me I count a loss for Christ. 8 I count all things to be loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. I suffered the loss of all things. Yet I count them as refuse (garbage) (dung) that I may gain Christ. 9 I want to be united with him. I no longer want a righteousness of my own that is gained by obeying the law. The righteousness from God is by faith in Christ. 10 I want to know him and the power of his resurrection. I want to know the fellowship of his sufferings and become conformed to his death. 11 I wish to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect. But I press on, that I may obtain that for which Christ Jesus also obtained. 13 Brothers, I could not yet have obtained it. But one thing I do, I forget the things that are behind, and stretch forward to the things that are ahead. 14 I press on toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature have this attitude. If you have a different attitude God will show you how to think. 16 However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far. 17 Brothers, be imitators of me. Pay attention to those who live by the example we have given you. 18 Many live as enemies of the stake of Christ. I often wept as I told you about them. 19 Their end is destruction. Their god is their belly. Their glory is in their shame. They set their mind on earthly things. 20 However, our citizenship is in heaven. We also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Christ will, through his power, bring everything under his authority. He will change our humble bodies and make them like his glorified (glorious) body (literally and figuratively: body of his glory). He is able to subject all things to himself.

Philippians 4:1-23

1 Therefore, my beloved brothers I long to see you. You are my joy and crown. In this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the good news, together with Clement also 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 (mildness) (moderation) be known to all men for 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 The peace of God, which 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 just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. 9 The things that you have learned, received, heard and saw in me; do these things and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me. You did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need; for I have learned to be content in whatever state I am. 12 I know how to be poor. I also know how to live with abundance. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to have abundance and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 You did well that you share with me in my affliction. 15 You also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the good news, when I departed from Macedonia, no other congregation shared their money with me. Only you shared with me. 16 While I was in Thessalonica you provided for my needs twice. 17 Not that I seek the gift but I seek the fruit that adds to your account. 18 I have all things, and prosper: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you. It is an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. 19 My God will supply every need of yours 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 holy one in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the holy ones greet you, especially they who are of Caesar's household. 23 The grace (Greek: charis: divine influence) of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit (Greek: pneuma: mental disposition).

Philippians 2:1-4:23

1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender affection (tender mercy) and compassions, 2 make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than you. 4 Look out for the interest of others and not only for your own personal interest. 5 Have this attitude (mind-set) (understanding) (mental state) in you that was also in Christ Jesus. 6 He existed in the form (shape and nature) of God but did not try to be equal with God. He did not even consider it! 7 He emptied (humbled) himself by taking the form of a servant. He was made in the likeness of men. 8 He obtained the appearance as a man, humbled himself, and became obedient even to death, yes, death on the stake. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him, and gave to him the name that is above every name, (Relative authority given by Jehovah God, the Father to His Son) (Philipians 2:11) 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 My beloved, you have always obeyed, not just in my presence, but now much more in my absence. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 It is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining (grumbling) (murmuring) and questioning (disputing). 15 That way you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. You are seen as lights in the world. 16 Hold fast to the word of life so I may rejoice in the day of Christ. That way I will not have labored in vain. 17 If I am offered for the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice with you all. 18 You should also rejoice in the same manner. 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly that I may be encouraged when I know your circumstances. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will truly care for you. 21 They all seek their own interest and not the things of Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:9-13

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor evil and cling to good. 10 Be devoted to one another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another. 11 Do not lag behind in diligence. Be fervent in spirit serving God. 12 Rejoice in hope! Be patient in tribulation. Continue in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the holy ones and practice hospitality.

Galatians 6:9

9 Let us not grow tired of doing good things for in due season we shall harvest, if we do not faint.

2 Chronicles 15:7

7 »But you must remain strong and not become discouraged. Your actions will be rewarded.«

Luke 6:27-45

27 »I tell you who listen, love your enemies and do good to those who hate you. 28 »Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who despitefully use you. 29 »When someone slaps you on one cheek offer the other. Give your coat to the one who takes your topcoat. 30 »Give to every one who asks of you and do not demand back your goods from he who takes from you. 31 »As you would like men to do to you, do also to them. 32 »If you love those who love you what thanks do you have? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 »If you do good to those who do good to you what thanks do you have? Even sinners do the same. 34 »If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive what thanks do you have? Even sinners lend to sinners to receive again as much. 35 »Love your enemies and do good to them. Lend expecting nothing in return and your reward will be great. You will be sons of the Most High for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. 36 »Be merciful even as your Father is merciful. 37 »Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. 38 »Give and it shall be given to you. You will receive a good measure. It will be pressed down, shaken together, running over and they will give it to you. For with the measure that you measure out it will be measured to you also.« 39 He told them an illustration: »Can the blind guide the blind? Would they both fall into a pit? 40 »The disciple is not above his teacher. Every one will be like his teacher when he is fully trained. 41 »Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye? Yet you do not consider the beam in your own eye. 42 »How can you say to your brother: ‘Let me remove the speck in your eye when you do not notice the beam in your own eye?’ You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 43 »A good tree does not produce corrupt fruit and a corrupt tree does not produce good fruit. 44 »The identity of a tree is made clear by the fruit it produces. Men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble. 45 »The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good. The evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth that which is evil. Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

1 Corinthians 9:19

19 For, though I am free from all persons, yet I have made myself a servant to all, that I might gain more.

James 2:14-17

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but he does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and in lack of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them: »Go in peace, be warmed and filled;« and yet you do not give them food and clothing, what good is it? 17 Even so, faith without works is dead. It is alone and by itself!

Matthew 5:16

16 »Likewise, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

1 Samuel 12:24

24 »Reverence Jehovah and serve him in truth with all your heart. Remember the great things he has done for you.

1 John 3:18

18 My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 »‘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 took me in. 36 »‘I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 »The righteous will answer him: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 »‘When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and dress you? 39 »‘When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 40 »The King will answer: ‘To the extent that you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.’

Mark 10:45

45 »For the Son of man also came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.«

Proverbs 19:17

17 When you help the poor (needy) (lowly) (depressed) you lend to Jehovah. He will pay you back.

Luke 6:38

38 »Give and it shall be given to you. You will receive a good measure. It will be pressed down, shaken together, running over and they will give it to you. For with the measure that you measure out it will be measured to you also.«

Matthew 23:11

11 »The greatest among you will be your servant.

Proverbs 11:25

25 The liberal person will prosper. He who waters will be watered.

Philippians 2:1-11

1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender affection (tender mercy) and compassions, 2 make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than you. 4 Look out for the interest of others and not only for your own personal interest. 5 Have this attitude (mind-set) (understanding) (mental state) in you that was also in Christ Jesus. 6 He existed in the form (shape and nature) of God but did not try to be equal with God. He did not even consider it! 7 He emptied (humbled) himself by taking the form of a servant. He was made in the likeness of men. 8 He obtained the appearance as a man, humbled himself, and became obedient even to death, yes, death on the stake. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him, and gave to him the name that is above every name, (Relative authority given by Jehovah God, the Father to His Son) (Philipians 2:11) 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 20:28

28 »The Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom in payment for many.«

Mark 9:35

35 He sat down and the twelve came to him. He said: »If any man has the desire to be first, he would be last of all and servant of all.«

Mark 10:44-45

44 »Whoever would be first among you, shall be servant of all. 45 »For the Son of man also came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.«

John 13:12-14

12 After he washed their feet he put his outer garments on and sat down. He asked: »Do you know what I have done to you? 13 »You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right for I am. 14 »If the Teacher and Lord washed your feet you should wash one another’s feet.

Galatians 5:13-14

13 For you brothers, were called for freedom; only do not use your freedom for an occasion to the flesh. Serve one another through love! 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Acts 20:35

35 »In all things I gave you an example. You by laboring should help the weak. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive.«

1 Peter 4:10-11

10 According to the gift you have received, minister among yourselves, as good stewards of the increased grace (divine influence) (love) of God. 11 If any man speaks, speak as it were utterances of God. If any man ministers, minister with the strength which God supplies! May God be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. The glory and dominion belong to God forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10

10 According to the gift you have received, minister among yourselves, as good stewards of the increased grace (divine influence) (love) of God.

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