Bible verses about "lent" | WPNT

Matthew 9:15

15 So Jesus said to them: “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Luke 13:3

3 Not at all, I tell you, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish!

John 13:1-17

1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world He loved them to the end. 2 And after supper (the devil already having put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him), 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 He gets up from the meal and lays aside His garments, and taking a towel He tied it around Himself. 5 Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel with which He was wrapped. 6 So He comes to Simon Peter, and he says to Him, “Lord, you wash my feet?!” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you don’t understand now, but you will know [by experience] after this.” 8 Peter says to Him, “You will never ever wash my feet!!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 Simon Peter says to Him, “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus says to him: “One who is bathed has no need except to wash his feet, but is clean all over. And you (pl) are clean, but not all of you.” 11 (He knew who was betraying Him; that’s why He said, “Not all of you are clean.”) 12 So when Jesus had washed their feet and put His garments back on, He reclined again and said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and you speak correctly, because I am. 14 So then, if I, Lord and Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 Because I have given you an example, so that you also should do just as I did to you. 16 Most assuredly I say to you, a slave is not greater than his owner, neither is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you understand these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Acts 15:9

9 and He made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Peter 1:3

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has given us another birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead,

Mark 1:15

15 and saying: “The time has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has approached. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

John 3:16

16 Because God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes into Him should not be wasted but should have eternal life.

1 Peter 5:6

6 Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time;

Colossians 2:16-17

16 So don’t let anyone judge you about food or drink, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or Sabbaths, 17 which things are but a shadow of those to come, while the body is Christ’s.

1 Timothy 4:1-5

1 Now the Spirit says explicitly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceiving spirits and to things taught by demons 2 —through hypocritical liars whose own consciences have been cauterized, 3 who forbid to marry and to eat foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and really know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated through the word of God and prayer.

Matthew 4:1-25

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. 2 And having fasted forty days and forty nights afterward He was hungry. 3 And coming to Him the tempter said, “Since you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread”. 4 But in answer He said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word coming out of God’s mouth’.” 5 Then the devil takes Him into the holy city and sets Him upon the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and says to Him, “Since you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written: ‘He will give orders to His angels about you, and they will lift you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone’.” 7 Jesus said to him, “It is also written: ‘You shall not test the LORD your God!’” 8 Again the devil takes Him to a very high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he says to Him, “All these things I will give to you, if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus says to him: “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written: ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only shall you serve’.” 11 Then the devil leaves Him, and then, angels came and began ministering to Him. 12 Now hearing that John had been put in prison, Jesus departed into Galilee. 13 And leaving Natsareth behind He went and took up residence in Capernaum by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali; 14 so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet should be fulfilled, namely: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations! 16 The people sitting in darkness saw a great light, and upon those sitting in the place and shadow of death light has dawned.” 17 From then on Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has come near.” 18 And walking by the Sea of Galilee He saw two brothers, Simon (the one called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 19 And He says to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. 20 So leaving the nets immediately they followed Him. 21 And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James (the one of Zebedee) and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. And He called them. 22 So leaving the boat and their father immediately they followed Him. 23 Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every illness among the people. 24 So His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were sick—suffering with various diseases and torments, and being demonized and being moonstruck and paralytics—and He healed them. 25 So large crowds followed Him—from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 6:1-34

1 “Be careful not to do your charitable giving before the people so as to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father who is in the heavens. 2 Therefore, whenever you do charitable giving do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by the people. Assuredly I say to you, they already have their reward. 3 But when you do charitable giving do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your charitable giving may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself repay you openly. 5 And whenever you pray do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that they may be seen by the people. Assuredly I say to you that they already have their reward. 6 But you, whenever you pray, go into your room, and having shut the door pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you openly. 7 “But when you pray do not babble like the heathen; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. 9 Therefore, you pray like this: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your name be reverenced; 10 let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done, on the earth just as in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread; 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into testing, but rescue us from the evil one; because Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ 14 For if you forgive people their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive people their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16 “Also, whenever you fast do not become gloomy like the hypocrites, because they disfigure their faces so that people will notice that they are fasting. Assuredly I say to you that they already have their reward. 17 But when you fast anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to the people to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust ruin and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust ruins and where thieves neither break in nor steal; 21 because where your treasure is there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. So if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 Therefore, I say to you not to worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not superior to them? 27 And which of you can add one cubit to his stature by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither labor nor spin, 29 and yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, you little-faiths? 31 Therefore do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need each of these things. 33 Rather, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own affairs. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:16-18

16 “Also, whenever you fast do not become gloomy like the hypocrites, because they disfigure their faces so that people will notice that they are fasting. Assuredly I say to you that they already have their reward. 17 But when you fast anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to the people to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

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