For what credit is there if you endure when you sin and are beaten? But when you do good and suffer, if you endure, it brings favor with God.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart--
But by God's grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God's grace that was with me.
For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God's grace.
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia:
But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,
but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don't know the One who sent Me.
Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.
and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
Look, I know your thoughts, the schemes you would wrong me with.
Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously.
But my enemies are vigorous and powerful; many hate me for no reason.
Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head; my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me, are powerful. Though I did not steal, I must repay.
All Your commands are true; people persecute me with lies-- help me!