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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the
encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
(1 Peter 1:3)5
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
(1 John 5:11)6
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed
within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
May your unfailing love rest upon us,
O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, "It is hopeless." You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the
LORD'S great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hope of the godless.
When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
There is surely a future hope for you
and your hope will not be cut off.
It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
In his hand is the life of every creature and the
breath of all mankind.
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and
the earth by your great power and outstretched
arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.
(2 Peter 2:9)29
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
I tell you the truth, my Father will give you
whatever you ask in my name.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of
the man from heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:49)33
How precious is your unfailing love!
I will sing of the LORD'S great love forever.
O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay,
you are the potter.
We are his offspring.
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father
I have made known to you.
Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes
of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit
the kingdom promised those who love him?
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath
but righteousness delivers from death.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
There is not a righteous man on earth who does
what is right and never sins.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
No one is good except God alone.
Come back to your senses as you ought,
and stop sinning.
(1 Corinthians 15:34)47
Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath
are the everlasting arms.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love.
May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love
and Christ's perseverance.
(2 Thessalonians 3:5)51
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that
we are God's children.
For in him we live and move and have our being.
I will praise you forever for what you have done.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Be joyful always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you
in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)56
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all
his wonderful acts.
He gives strength to the weary and increases
the power of the weak.
Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Refresh my heart in Christ.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit,who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)64
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue
but with actions and in truth.
(1 John 3:18)65
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Love one another deeply, from the heart.
(1 Peter 1:22)67
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
(1 John 4:12)68
Everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness through his name.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the
law of sin and death.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep.
There will be trouble and distress for
every human being who does evil.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men's sins against them.
(2 Corinthians 5:19)75
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)77
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other
so that you may be healed.
Let us therefore make every effort to what leads
to peace and to mutual edification.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;
by his wounds we have been healed.
(1 Peter 2:24)