Rm3:28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. ..... 4:1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God. 3What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. 4Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

    7“Blessed are they
       whose transgressions are forgiven,
       whose sins are covered.

    8Blessed is the man
       whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
(Psa32:1-2) - NIV


Rm10:5For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) 7or "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, "Everyone [anyone] who believes [trusts] in him will not [will never] be put to shame." 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches [blessings richly] on all who call on him. 13For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." - ESV


Rm15:29
I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. - ESV


1Pet3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For,

   "Whoever would love life
         and see good days
   
must keep his tongue from evil
         and his lips from deceitful speech.
  11He must turn from evil and do good;
         he must seek peace and pursue it.
 
12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
         and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
     but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (Psa34:12-16) - NIV


1Pet3:13Now who is there [going] to harm you if you are zealous for [to do] what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense [give an answer] to anyone who asks you for a [to give the] reason for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good [keeping a clear] conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile3 your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit [by the Spirit], - ESV


3 - revile: to denounce with abusive language. ^


Also see: True Living


Faith   and   Love

Challenge:  True Life

Index