[For the choir director. A Davidic Maskil. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, "David went to Ahimelech's house."] Why brag about evil, you hero! God's faithful love is constant.
Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace.
Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.
Also, the LORD will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops.
Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don't even the Gentiles do the same?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.
For Christ's love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, then all died.
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.
And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must [forgive].
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.
We love because He first loved us.
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.
I will pay attention to the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will live with integrity of heart in my house.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your instruction is true.
"Please LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
House of Jacob, come and let us walk in the LORD's light.
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, there will be no dawn for them.
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
But that is not how you learned about the Messiah,
assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:
you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;
you put on the new man, the one created according to God's [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.
Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father.
For I was very glad when some brothers came and testified to your [faithfulness] to the truth-- how you are walking in the truth.
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.