“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”Galatians 5:13 NLT
“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”Titus 1:15-16 NLT
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.”Colossians 2:8-9 NLT
“Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.”Psalms 12:7-8 NLT
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”Romans 8:11 ESV
By George Lawson, “A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs” 1821)
“The house of the wicked will be destroyed–but the tent of the upright will flourish.” Proverbs 14:11
The upright man is far happier in the poorest circumstances–than a wicked man in his greatest prosperity. Though a wicked man surmounts his neighbor as far as the cedars of the mountain overtop the creeping shrubs of the valley–yet he shall be filled with the strokes of divine vengeance. Though he dwells in a magnificent palace–the tempest of divine indignation shall beat it down!
But the righteous man, though at present he appears like the incarnate Savior, a tender plant–shall grow like the cedar in Lebanon. And though his dwelling place is but a tent, it shall flourish, and prosper, and grow into a heavenly mansion! It is far better to dwell in a poor cottage where the blessing of God rests, and in which is heard the melody of joy and praise–than in a palace which lies under the curse of the Lord!
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”John 13:34 ESV