7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying about in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship by whom we cry out, »Abba, Father.«
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, yet our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and love and self-discipline.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage! I have overcome the world.«
and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the Day drawing near.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
Be on the your guard, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
And Jesus said to them, »Come follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.«
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said, »I will never leave you, nor will I forsake you.«
So we say with confidence, »The Lord is my helper;I will not be afraid.What can man do to me?«
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
12 We are not again commending ourselves to you, but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a fleshly point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a fleshly point of view, we regard him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his appeal through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
Then Mary said, »Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.« And the angel departed from her.
For I am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. And he who fears is not made perfect in love.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
May the God of patience and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus,
For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, »Ananias.« And he said, »Here I am, Lord.«
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?