But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean.
I do not mean yours but the other person’s. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?
You are looking at outward appearances. 1 If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should reflect on this again: Just as he himself belongs to Christ, so too do we.
Let each one examine 1 his own work. Then he can take pride 2 in himself and not compare himself with 3 someone else.
In the same way 1 husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one has ever hated his own body 1 but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church,
Nevertheless, 1 each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, 2 and the wife must 3 respect 4 her husband.
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.
But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, 1 and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. 2
Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 1 the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate 1 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 2 he cannot be my disciple.
For whoever wants to save his life 1 will lose it, 2 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it.
Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 1 the last state of that person 2 is worse than the first.” 3
It is like a mustard seed 1 that a man took and sowed 2 in his garden. It 3 grew and became a tree, 4 and the wild birds 5 nested in its branches.” 6
So 1 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 2 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 3 he ran and hugged 4 his son 5 and kissed him.
The tax collector, however, stood 1 far off and would not even look up 2 to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 3 to me, sinner that I am!’ 4
The person who speaks on his own authority 1 desires 2 to receive honor 3 for himself; the one who desires 4 the honor 5 of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 6 and there is no unrighteousness in him.
But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. 1 Ask him, he is a mature adult. 2 He will speak for himself.”
Remain 1 in me, and I will remain in you. 2 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 3 unless it remains 4 in 5 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 6 in me.