Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last —and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." [^1]
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life —not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things —and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are,
so that no one may boast before him.
He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who "have been called according to his purpose.