Prayer Chain

 hands prayingIf you have a special prayer concern or thanksgiving that you would like other members of the church to pray about, you may share your request with the prayer chain. Call Jane Traub at (563) 285-6992 and she will pass the information on to a chain of PVLC prayer warriors. If you would like to participate in this prayer network yourself, she can help you with that, too. Below is a helpful listing of Bible passages to use with your prayers.


BIBLE VERSES FOR PRAYER CHAIN


I. For Trust to Remove Doubt

1. PSALM 31:19 

"How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you."

2. PROVERBS 3:5-6 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

3. PROVERBS 16:3 

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

4. HABUKKUK 3:17-19 

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the field produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength..."

5. MATTHEW 7: 7-8  

 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."


II. For Comfort or Strength

14. DEUTERONOMY 33: 27

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

15. PSALM 18: 30-31

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him, for who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?"

16. PSALM 46: 1

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

17. ISAIAH 40: 28-31

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

18. JEREMIAH 31: 3

"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

19. MATTHEW 11: 28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

20. JOHN 6: 37

"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

21. 2 CORINTHIANS 12: 7-12

" To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

22. PHILIPPIANS 4: 13

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."


III. For Deliverance from Trouble, Stress, or ...

 23. PSALM 32: 47

"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." 

24. PSALM 34: 17

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles."

25. PSALM 50: 15

"And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

26. PSALM 91: 4, 15

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him."

27. PSALM 91: 9-11, 14-15

"If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the Lord, who is my refuge, then no harm shall befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways…Because he loves me, says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him."

28. ROMANS 8: 28

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

29. 2 TIMOTHY 4: 18

"The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom."


IV. For Peace That Removes Fear

30. JOSHUA 1: 5, 9

"…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discourage, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

31. PSALM 27: 1

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid."

32. ISAIAH 41: 10

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

33. ISAIAH 43: 1b-3b

"…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, you God…"

34. MATTHEW 14: 27

"But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid."

35. MARK 4: 37-40

"A furious squall come up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion, the disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

36. JOHN 14: 27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

37. PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."


V. For Hope In The Face Of Doubt Or Worry

 38. PSALM 43: 5

"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."

39. ROMANS 8: 37

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

40. ROMANS 8: 38-39

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

41. ROMANS 15: 13

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

42. PHILIPPIANS 4: 19

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

43. 1 PETER 1: 3-7

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade; kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…may be proved genuine and my result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

44. 1 PETER 5: 10

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."


VI. For Health & Healing In The Time Of Illness

45. EXODUS 15: 26

"He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you."

46. PSALM 41: 3

"The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness."

47. PSALM 103: 2-3

"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…"

48. JEREMIAH 30: 17

"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds…"

49. MATTHEW 8: 2-3

" A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing’ he said. ‘Be clean’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy."

50. MATTHEW 8: 8, 13

"The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour."

51. MATTHEW 8: 16-17

"When evening came, many who were demon possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."


VII. For Power To Walk With Christ

52. MATTHEW 5: 14a, 16

"You are the light of the world…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

53. MATTHEW 11: 28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

54. 1 CORINTHIANS 6: 19-20

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

55. 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 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."

56. GALATIANS 2: 20

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The Life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

57. GALATIANS 5: 22

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control against such things there is no law."

58. COLOSSIANS 3: 17

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."


VIII. For Guidance & Wisdom In Making Decisions

59. PROVERBS 16: 3

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

60. MATTHEW 6: 9-10

"This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

61. MATTHEW 26: 39

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed. My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

62. JAMES 1: 5

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should as God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

63. JAMES 4: 13-14a, 15

"Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow…Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that."


IX. For Daily Bread & Employment

64. JEREMIAH 29: 11

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you."

65. MATTHEW 6: 9, 11

"This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…Give us today our daily bread."

66. MATTHEW 6: 31-34a

"So do not worry saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."

67. 2 CORINTHIANS 9: 8

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."


X. For Praise & Thanksgiving

68. PSALM 9: 1-2

"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders, I will be gland and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High."

69. PSALM 28: 6-7

"Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."

70. PSALM 92: 1-2, 4

"It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your live in the morning and your faithfulness at night…For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands."

71. PSALM 118: 1

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."

72. 1 THESSALONIANS 5: 16-18

"Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."


XI. At The Time Of The Birth Of A Child

73. PSALM 128

"Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel."

74. MATTHEW 18: 1-5, 10

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me…See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."

75. MARK 10: 13-16

"People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me and no not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

76. JOHN 16: 20-22

"I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you; now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy."


XII. For Someone Who Is Elderly

 77. PSALM 27: 7-8

"Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, Lord, I will seek."

78. PSALM 72: 6, 9, 18

"From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you…Do not cast me away when I am old, do not forsake me when my strength is gone…Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come."

79. PSALM 73: 23-26

"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever."

80. ISAIAH 40: 28-29

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."

81. ISAIAH 49: 14-16

"But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…"

82. REVELATION 2: 10

"…Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."


XIII. For Someone Who Is Near Death Or Grieving

 83. PSALM 23: 1-4

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

84. PSALM 30: 5

"For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing come in the morning."

85. LUKE 2: 27-31

" Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

86. LUKE 23: 46

"Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last."

87. JOHN 3: 16-17

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

88. JOHN 6: 40

"For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

89. JOHN 10: 27-28

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."

90. JOHN 11: 25-26

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that?" "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

91. JOHN 14: 1-4, 6

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going…I am the way and the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me."

92. ROMANS 14: 7-8

"For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord."

93. PHILIPPIANS 1: 21-24

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…"

94. 1 THESSALONIANS 4: 13-14

"Brother, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."

95. HEBREWS 2: 14-15

"Since the children have flesh and blood, he to shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death; that is the devil; and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."

96. REVELATION 14: 13

"Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

97. REVELATION 21: 3-4

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."


XIV. For Someone Still In Unbelief

98. PSALM 90: 1-3, 10, 12

" Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men"…The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away…Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

99. ISAIAH 55: 6-7

"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will freely pardon."

100. EZEKIEL 33: 11

"Say to them, "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather than they turn from their ways and live. Turn from you evil ways!…"

101. MARK 1:15

"The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

102. JOHN 1:10-13

"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

103. JOHN 3: 5

"Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."

104. JOHN 3:16-17

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

105. JOHN 3:36

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him."

106. ROMANS 5: 8-9

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!"

107. ROMANS 10: 9-10

"…if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

For Help In Temptation

108. MATTHEW 4:10

"Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan!" For it is written; Worship the Lord you God, and serve him only. Then the devil left him…"

109. MATTHEW 26: 41

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak."

110. 1 CORINTHIANS 10: 13

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he wil also proved a way out so that you can stand up under it."

111. EPHESIANS 6: 10-11, 17-18

"Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in him mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…"

112. 1 JOHN 3: 8

"…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work."


XV. For Forgiveness

113. PSALM 32: 1-5

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord" and you forgave the guilt of my sin."

114. PSALM 51: 9-12

"Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Don not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."

115. PSALM 103: 8-13

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."

116. PSALM 130: 1-4

"Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared."

117. ISAIAH 1: 18

"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

118. MATTHEW 9: 2

"Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

119. LUKE 5: 8, 10

"When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man"…Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men."

120. LUKE 18: 13-14

"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, "…God, have mercy on me, a sinner." I tell you that this man…went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

121. JOHN 8: 10-11

"Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No, one, sir", she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

122. 1 JOHN 1: 8; 2: 1-2

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness…My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."


XVI. For Restoration With Another

123. PSALM 133: 1-3

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessings, even life forevermore."

124. MATTHEW 5: 23-24

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."

125. MATTHEW 6: 9, 12, 14-15

"This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

126. MATTHEW 18: 15-17

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector."

127. MATTHHEW 18: 21-22

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times but seventy-seven times."

128. ROMANS 12: 16a-21

"Live in harmony with one another…Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Don not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written; "It is mine to avenge; I will repay", says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

129. 1 CORINTHIANS 6: 1, 4-7

"If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?…Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church. I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another-and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?

130. GALATIANS 6: 1-2

"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

131. PHILIPPIANS 4: 2-3a

"I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you…help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel…"

132. COLOSSIANS 3: 12-15

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

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