Twelve Steps with Scripture
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except
when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest
that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before
the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and
then come and offer thy gift.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. 6 Those who go forth weeping,
carrying sacks of seed, Will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled
Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which
no one will see the Lord. 15 3See to it that no one be deprived of the
grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through
which many may become defiled,
"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the
law and the prophets.
A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person
brings forth evil out of a store of evil. 36 25I tell you, on the day of judgment
people will render an account for every careless word they speak. 37 By your
words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 To the person
who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person
who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who
asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. 19 Beloved, do not look
for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is
mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 Rather, "if your enemy is hungry, feed
him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will
heap burning coals upon his head." 21 Do not be conquered by evil but conquer
evil with good.
Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another.
let each of us please our neighbor for the good, for building up
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony 2
with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, 6 that with one accord you
may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now in regard to meat sacrificed to idols: we realize that "all of us have
knowledge"; knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. 2 If anyone
supposes he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But
if one loves God, one is known by him.
Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows,
8 because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh,
but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.
9 Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest,
if we do not give up. 10 So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do
good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.
And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge
and every kind of perception, 10 to discern what is of value, so that you may
be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche 2 to come to a mutual understanding in the
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and
forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord
has forgiven you, so must you also do.
Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord. 19 Husbands,
love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them. 20 Children, obey your
parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not
provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.
Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know
how you should respond to each one.
See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good (both)
for each other and for all.
Therefore, although I have the full right 8 in Christ to order you to do what
is proper, I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man,
9 and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. 10 I urge you on behalf of my child
Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, 11 who was once useless
to you but is now useful 10to (both) you and me. 12 I am sending him, that
is, my own heart, back to you. 13 I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve 11 me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel,
14 but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good
you do might not be forced but voluntary. 15 Perhaps this is why he was away
from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as
a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even
more so to you, as a man and in the Lord. 17 So if you regard me as a partner,
welcome him as you would me.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. 18 And the
fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.
Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual
love, love one another intensely from a (pure) heart.
If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses
him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? 18 Children, let
us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. 19 (Now) this is
how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts
Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. 15 I will
teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you. 16 Rescue me from
death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power. 17
Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.
May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our
hands! Prosper the work of our hands!
Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to
do it for him.
The prating of some men is like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise is
healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, the lying tongue, for only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the hands of those who plot evil, but those who counsel peace
A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of
the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of fools spurts forth folly. 3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the
good. 4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one crushes the
By kindness and piety guilt is expiated, and by the fear of the LORD man avoids
evil. 7 When the LORD is pleased with a man's ways, he makes even his enemies
be at peace with him.
He who plans a thing will be successful; happy is he who trusts in the LORD!
21 The wise man is esteemed for his discernment, yet pleasing speech increases
his persuasiveness. 22 Good sense is a fountain of life to its possessor, but
folly brings chastisement on fools. 23 The mind of the wise man makes him eloquent,
and augments the persuasiveness of his lips. 24 Pleasing words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the taste and healthful to the body.
Like golden apples in silver settings are words spoken at the proper time.