Bible Verses


Philippians 4:4-8   —   Celebrate joyfully in the Lord, all the time.  I’ll say it again:  be filled with joy;  be rejoicing.        Let your kindness be known to all people.  The Lord is always with us.        Don’t worry about anything.  Pray about everythingWith a thankful heart,* offer up your prayers and requests to God.     Then the peace of God, surpassing all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.         Finally, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good, and deserve praise:  things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.     {* joy comes from thanksgiving with faith } 


Romans 12:10, Philippians 2:14, Romans 12:15   —   Love with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.     Do everything without grumbling or arguing.     Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.


Matthew 22:35-40,  The Two Great Commandments   —   Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.  Love your neighbor as you love yourself.     {more}


1 Corinthians 13:2-5   —   Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, does not boast, is not proud.   Love is not rude, is not selfish, is not easily angered.  It keeps no record of wrongs.


Romans 12:17-18   —   If someone does you wrong, don’t try to pay them back by hurting them.  Try to [want to, make it your goal to] do what is honorable in the sight of everyone.  If it's possible, as much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.


James 1:19-20   —   Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness* that God desires.     {more}  {* being righteous = doing justice by doing things right, the way God wants them to be}


James 1:5, 3:13,17-18   —   If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.     Who among you is wise and understanding?  Let them show it by their good life, by doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.     The wisdom from above is pure, peaceful, kind, open to reason, full of compassion and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest a crop of righteousness.


Colossians 3:12-14   —   Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Be tolerant with each other, and forgive whenever you have a complaint against someone else.  You must forgive each other, just as the Lord has forgiven you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


Psalm 19:14   —   May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.


WHAT-and-HOW of Christian Virtues:  above is mainly WHAT to do, and below (especially in the red & purple underlined parts) includes HOW to do it, how to "let God transform you" so you can "bear fruit" in life, as a follower of Christ.     {but... our WHAT-and-HOW are connected, because God's purpose for HOW is to help you do the WHAT's;  and much of our HOW is the WHAT of intending-to-obey, of "accepting Christ Jesus as Lord" so we want to live "dedicated to His service" by doing WHAT He wants.}


WHAT,   Galatians 5:22  &  Philippians 1:11   —   the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.     Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities that only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.


HOW,   John 15:4  &  Colossians 2:6-7  &  John 15:7   —   Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you.  A branch cannot bear fruit by itself;  it can do so only if it remains in the vine.  In the same way, you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.     Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with HimKeep your roots deep in him, build your lives on Him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught.  And be filled with thanksgiving.*     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,  ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you.     {* joy comes from thanksgiving with faith}  {Abide in Christ, through the Holy Spirit}


Romans 12:1-2   —   Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to him.  This is the true worship that you should offer.     Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind.  Then you will be able to approve the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.


Exodus 17:11   —   As long as Moses held up his hands,* the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.     {* to ask God for His blessing-and-actions}


1 Thessalonians 5:15-18   —   I.O.U. - Soon, later today (April 4), I'll select a translation for each verse, then will put it here.     {* is it possible to "pray without ceasing"?  is this wise?  if yes, how can we do it? }


Philippians 1:8-11   —   I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.     And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.


Colossians 1:9-11-14   —   We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will, with all the wisdom and understanding given by His Spirit.     This will help you live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases Him in every way, so your life will produce good works of every kind, and you will grow in your knowledge of God.       We ask God to strengthen you by His glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy.


Corinthians 4:17-18  and  Colossians 3:23,24b   —   For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.       Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


Matthew 6:9-13  —  Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.       ( The Lord's Prayer, in version used by Methodists ) 




17.  Abide in Christ: Through the Holy Spirit   [quoted from the book "Abide in Christ" by Andrew Murray]
        The Holy Spirit
... comes to us from the heart of Christ, the bearer of Christ's life, the revealer and communicator of Christ Himself within us.  .....He is the bond of fellowship between the Father and the Son: by Him they are one.  He is the bond of fellowship between all believers: by Him we are one.  Above all, He is the bond of fellowship between Christ and believers;  He is the life-sap through which Vine and branch grow into real and living oneness: by Him we are one.  
        Believe that He is working, even when you cannot discern it.  Believe that He will work mightily if you ask this from the Father.  It is impossible to live the life of full abiding without being full of the Holy Spirit.  Believe that the fullness of the Spirit is indeed your daily portion.  .....
        The Holy Spirit was given for this one purpose — that the glorious redemption and life in Christ might with divine power be conveyed and communicated to us.  We have the Holy Spirit to make the living Christ, in all His saving power, and in the completeness of His victory over sin, ever present within us.





In 1987, I made a BIGGER collection of verses.



You can IGNORE everything below here.


Matthew 22:35-40   —   ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’  On these two commandments depend all of the Law and the Prophets.     { Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought within you. }


James 1:19-20   —   let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow into anger.   /   always be more willing to listen than to speak, and keep control of your anger.   /   ...because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.


soon this page also will include... 2 Corinthians 4:17a-18  —  Romans 12 (maybe others)  —  and more.


[Matthew 22:37-40, tlb-niv-gw-esv, *tpt]
[Romans 12:10 nlt, 12:15 nasb]
[Romans 12:17-18, erv-esv-nte-mev-niv]
[James 1:19-20, niv-niv&dra, dlnt,erv,niv]
[James 1:5 niv, 3:13 nasb-niv-nlt, 17 tpt-dlnt-gnt-esv, 18 cev-exb]


the Translation-Versions I've used are:
for Philippians 4:4-8,  4 [nte,erv,dlnt], 5 [dlnt], 6 [cev'], 7 [dlnt'], 8 [gnt'] }
Phili 1:8-11, 8(ceb), 9(niv), 10(esv), 11(),
Phili 4:4-8, 4(dlnt/erv, nte/dlnt), 5(dlnt), 6(cev), 7(), 8(cib),
Phili 4:4-8, 4(dlnt/erv, nte/dlnt), 5(dlnt), 6(cev), 7(cjb'), 8(gnt'),


for Romans 12:1-2,  { 1a [gnt'] 1b-2 [gnt] }
for Philippians 1:8-11,  { 8 [ceb], 9 [niv], 10 [esv], 11 [esv] }
for Colossians 1:9-11,  {9b (gnt'), 10(erv'), 11(cev,nog')}


4a gnt, 4b niv, 5a icb' niv'


expanded further (to maybe include later?)
maybe selections from Psalm 103? + others?  Proverbs,  and more.


Colossians 1:9-11-14   —  For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. -- NASB:  9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [a]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [g]patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in the inheritance of the [i]saints in Light. // The Incomparable Christ -- 13 [j]For He rescued us from the [k]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [l]His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


Colossians 3:23,24b   —   Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


/ His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy.


1 Corinthians 13:2-5   —   Therefore
2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


2b erv - I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this,
if I don’t have love, I am nothing.

1 Cor 13, 2b(erv), 3(), 4a(gnt), 4b(niv), 5a(icb ncv), 5b(niv), 6(-), 7 (-)