Twelve Steps with Scripture
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing
to make amends to them all.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have
not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries,and
all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow
all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long,
[and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is
not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but
whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be]
tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish
away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which
is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And
now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of
these [is] charity. - I
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love
"Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be
condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. 38 Give and gifts will be given
to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be
poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be
measured out to you."
A song of ascents. Of David. How good it is, how pleasant, where the people
dwell as one! 3 Like precious ointment on the head, running down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron, upon the collar of his robe. 4 Like dew of Hermon
coming down upon the mountains of Zion. There the LORD has lavished blessings,
life for evermore!
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your
enemy.' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute
you, 45 that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun
rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not
the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brothers only, what
is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? 48 So be perfect, just
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive
you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive
Stop judging, that you may not be judged. 2 For as you judge, so will you be
judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
3 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive
the wooden beam in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me
remove that splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye?
5 You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will
see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye.
Then Peter approaching asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how
often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I say
to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. 23 That is why the kingdom
of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his
servants. 24 When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him
who owed him a huge amount. 25 Since he had no way of paying it back, his master
ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt. 26 At that, the servant fell down, did him homage,
and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' 27 Moved with
compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
28 When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed
him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
'Pay back what you owe.' 29 Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged
him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30 But he refused. Instead,
he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt. 31 Now when his fellow
servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their
master and reported the whole affair. 32 His master summoned him and said to
him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged
me to. 33 Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity
on you?' 34 Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until
he should pay back the whole debt. 35 So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart."
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, "You
shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with
all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39 The second
is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The whole law and the
prophets depend on these two commandments."
When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so
that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher,
what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 Jesus said to him, "What is written
in the law? How do you read it?" 27 He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord,
your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength,
and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." 28 He replied to him, "You
have answered correctly; do this and you will live." 29 But because he wished
to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A
man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They
stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened
to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite
side. 32 Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed
by on the opposite side. 33 But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was
moved with compassion at the sight. 34 He approached the victim, poured oil
and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own
animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. 35 The next day he took out two
silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care
of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on
my way back.' 36 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the
robbers' victim?" 37 He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus
said to him, "Go and do likewise."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Behold, half of my possessions,
Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
I give you a new commandment: 12love one another. As I have loved you, so you
also should love one another. 35 This is how all will know that you are my
disciples, if you have love for one another."
Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. 2
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since
you, the judge, do the very same things.
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;
Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another
has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet," and whatever
other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, (namely) "You
shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. 8 For if we live,
we live for the Lord, 3 and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether
we live or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For this is why Christ died and came to
life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 Why then do
you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we
shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby
stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. 5 Therefore, do not
make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for
he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the
motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others
as more important than yourselves, 4 each looking out not for his own interests,
but (also) everyone for those of others.
Your kindness 5 should be known to all. The Lord is near.
and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for
all, just as we have for you, 13 so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless
in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with
all his holy ones. (Amen.)
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love
Do not speak evil of one another, brothers. Whoever speaks evil of a brother
or judges his brother speaks evil of the law and judges the law. 6If you judge
the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver
and judge who is able to save or to destroy. Who then are you to judge your
Do not complain, brothers, about one another, that you may not be judged. Behold,
the Judge is standing before the gates.
For whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness
of God, that is a grace. 20 But what credit is there if you are patient when
beaten for doing wrong? But if you are patient when you suffer for doing what
is good, this is a grace before God. 21 For to this you have been called, because
Christ also suffered 10 for you, leaving you an example that you should follow
in his footsteps. 22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." 11
23 When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not
threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
Finally, all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward
one another, compassionate, humble. 9 Do not return evil for evil, or
insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this
you were called, that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For: "Whoever
would love life and see good days must keep the tongue from evil and
the lips from speaking deceit, 11 must turn from evil and do good, seek
peace and follow after it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against
Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in
him to cause a fall. 11 Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks
in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded
We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," but hates
his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has
seen cannot love God 5 whom he has not seen. 21 This is the commandment we
have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
A song of ascents. Of David. How good it is, how pleasant, where
the people dwell as one! 2 3 Like precious ointment on the head, running
down upon the beard, Upon the beard of Aaron, upon the collar of his
robe. 3 4 Like dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion.
There the LORD has lavished blessings, life for evermore!
Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.
Wisdom builds her house, but Folly tears hers down with her own hands.
A tranquil mind gives life to the body, but jealousy rots the bones.