7 But we have this treasure in earthen jars, that the surpassing power may be God's and not ours \'97
8 in every way distressed, but not reduced to straits, perplexed, but not in despair,
9 persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed,
10 always bearing about in our bodies the death of Jesus that the life also of Jesus may be manifest in our bodies.
11 For we, though living, are always delivered up to death for Jesus' sake, that also the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
For you did not receive a spirit of bondage leading again to fear, but you received a spirit of sonship, in which we cry, Abba, Father.
So if any one is in Christ he is a new creature. The old things have passed away, they have become new.
Do not fear before those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
For if there is first the readiness, a gift is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.
Cast all your anxiety on him, for he cares for you.
Therefore we are not downhearted, but even if our outward man is wasting away, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.
I have spoken these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you have distress. But he courageous. I have conquered the world."
and let us keep watch to incite one another to love and noble deeds,
not neglecting to assemble yourselves, as some do, but encouraging one another, and so much the more, as you see the day drawing near.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you are sorrowful in trials of many kinds,
Watch, stand firmly in the faith, be manly, be strong,
For our momentary and light distress is working out for us a far surpassing and eternal weight of glory
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor fearful.
Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, as indeed you are doing.
Let your lives be free from the love of money. Be content with what you have. For he has said, "I will not fail you nor will I forsake you."
So we may say with courage, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
11 Knowing, therefore, the fear of the Lord, we are persuading men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope that it is also plain to your consciences.
12 We are not recommending ourselves again to you, but giving occasion to you for boasting on our behalf, that you may have it to use against those who boast of appearances and not of heart.
13 For if we were out of our minds it was for God, and if we are sane it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ impels us, convinced of this, that if one died for all, then all died,
15 and he died for all that the living may no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So we, from now on, know no man according to the flesh. Even if we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no more.
17 So if any one is in Christ he is a new creature. The old things have passed away, they have become new.
18 And all things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given to us the service of reconciliation \'97
19 to proclaim that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting against men their sins, and that he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing to you through us. We pray you on Christ's behalf to be reconciled to God.
21 Him who knew no sin God made sin for our sake that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
And who is it that will harm you if you become earnest for the good?
But if you should suffer for being righteous, you are blessed. Have no fear of them and do not be disturbed;
Mary said, "Here I am, the Lord's handmaid. Let it be to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.
being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun the good work in you will carry it on to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Never fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has pain. He who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of loving kindness and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in every distress so that we may be able to encourage those who are in every distress by the encouragement by which we ourselves have been encouraged by God.
May the God of patience and encouragement grant to you to have harmony with one another, in the manner of Christ Jesus,
For I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift of grace in order that you may be strengthened,
that is, that I may be encouraged with you and by you through our mutual faith, yours and mine.
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good so as to build him up.
So then, my beloved brethren, be firm, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; since you know that your labor is not fruitless in the Lord.
There was in Damascus a certain disciple named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." He answered, "Here I am, Lord."
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?