For in many ways we all stumble. If any one never stumbles in his talk, he is a perfect man, able to bridle also the whole body.
So far you have asked for nothing in my name; ask and you will obtain, that your joy may be made full.
Pure and stainless religion in the sight of God the Father is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep one's self unspotted from the world.
every good gift and every perfect boon is from above; it descends from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change or shadow caused by turning.
I beg you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, all to say the same thing and not to have divisions among you, but to be united in the same mind and in the same opinion.
Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which is the perfect bond of union.
Do not follow the fashions of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds so as to recognize what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and your joy may be made complete.
Take care that no one repays evil with evil, but always seek eagerly what is good in dealing with one another and with every one.
1 IF there is any encouragement in Christ, any persuasive power in love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any sympathies and compassions,
2 fill up my joy by having the same love, being of the same mind, thinking the same thing,
3 doing nothing in a partisan or vainglorious way, but each modestly regarding the others as of more account than himself.
4 Do not be each intent on his own interests, but also on the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not think that equality with God was something to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant and coming into the likeness of men,
8 and when found in the condition of a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient even to death \'97 death on the cross.
9 Therefore, God has highly exalted him and has graciously given him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee may bow, of beings in heaven and those on earth and those under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with reverence and awe.
13 For it is God who is working in you both the willing and the doing because of his kindness.
14 Do everything without murmurings or disputings
15 that you may be blameless and pure, children of God, spotless in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding forth the message of life, so that on the day of Christ I can boast that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17 But if I am poured out as a libation on your sacrificial offering of faith, I rejoice and share the joy of you all.
18 In the same way you must rejoice and share my joy.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I may be cheered by knowing about you.
20 For I have no one likeminded with him who will so sincerely care for your interests.
21 For all pursue their own aims, not those of Christ Jesus.
22 But you know how he has been tested and how like a child with a father he has served with me in spreading the good news.
23 So I hope to send him at once when I see how my affairs are going.
24 And I trust in the Lord that I myself shall come quickly.
25 I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my needs,
26 since he longs for you all and is troubled because you have heard that he was sick.
27 Indeed he was sick and near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not on him alone, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I send him the more readily that you may see him and rejoice again and I be less sorrowful.
29 Receive him in the Lord with all joy and hold such men in honor,
30 because for the work of Christ he was near to death, hazarding his life to complete the service you were not here to do for me.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go sell your property and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and then come, follow me."
and being thus made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him,