because whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it.
The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it."
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.
I do all this for the sake of the gospel in order to have a share in its blessings.
Therefore, never be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, his prisoner. Instead, by God's power, join me in suffering for the sake of the gospel.
"Every servant of the king and every person in the king's provinces knows that for any man or woman who goes to the king in the inner court without being summoned there is only one law that he be put to death unless the king holds out the golden scepter to him. Only then he will live. For these last 30 days I've not been summoned to come to the king."
There was also a man named Uriah, Shemaiah's son from Kiriath-jearim, who prophesied in the LORD's name. He prophesied about this city and this land in words similar to those of Jeremiah.
"How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!
You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,
In fact, everyone who has left his homes, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or fields because of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
"How blessed are you whenever people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because of the Son of Man!
because whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
The one who loves his life will destroy it, and the one who hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
Remember what I told you: "A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
since I'm going to show him how much he must suffer for my name's sake."
But I don't place any value on my life, if only I can finish my race and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
At this Paul replied, "What do you mean by crying and breaking my heart? I'm ready not only to be tied up in Jerusalem but even to die for the name of the Lord Jesus!"
That is why I take such pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for the Messiah's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
This saying is trustworthy: In dying with the Messiah, true life we gain.
I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for my departure has come.
Women received their dead raised back to life. Other people were brutally tortured, but refused to be ransomed, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Don't be afraid of what you are going to suffer. Look! The Devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested. For ten days you will undergo suffering. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the victor's crown of life.