And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
“Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You.”
Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”
And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
Peter *said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.”
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
“I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, But they will not profit you.