Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
“ He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “ Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!
Let Your hand be ready to help me, For I have chosen Your precepts.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
“ Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
For judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it.