After reading Rick Warren's third contract column called "Learn To Love Yourself!" for Ladies Home Journal (LHJ), it struck me that it is a perfect example of why churches should definitely NOT be using his materials. For more information on Rick Warren, his teachings, book reviews and his associations, go here.
I am going to give you his entire LHJ article in BLUE, then I will give you my rebuttal article in RED. This LHJ article reveals much about the false teachings of Rick Warren whose mentors are Robert Schuller, C. Peter Wagner, and the other New Age false teachers.
I simply request that you compare what Rick Warren is teaching the Christian and non believing women who read LHJ all over the world (mainly non believing!) with what the Bible says we should be teaching and doing. I think this will help you understand where Rick Warren is coming from.
Learn To Love Yourself!
Carnival fun houses have distorted mirrors that can make us appear taller; fatter or shorter than we really are. But this doesn't bother us, because we know we're getting an inaccurate picture of ourselves. It's just a bit of harmless fun.
Carnival mirrors illustrate the distorted view we have of ourselves. We appear to ourselves to be far different than we really are. The Bible says that we deceive ourselves (Gal. 6:3, 1 Cor. 3:18). The truth that we are deceitfully wicked and beyond cure (Jer. 17:9) is not "just a bit of harmless fun."
What's not fun is the fact that many of us look at ourselves through a different kind of distorted mirror. We let other people in our lives--from parents and siblings to friends and coworkers--create a reflection of who we are, but it's rarely accurate. To truly love yourself, you need to know the five truths that form the basis of a healthy self-image.
What's not fun is the fact that many of us think more highly of ourselves than we ought these days through the distorted mirror of postmodern culture. Instead of allowing Jesus Christ to change us through a relationship with Him (Eph. 4:20-24), we allow the world (1 John 2:16), the flesh (John 6:63) and the devil (1 John 3:8) to influence the way we perceive ourselves. We read about ourselves in magazines and self-help books like The Purpose Driven Life, we indulge every appetite we have to excess, and we are continually bombarded with the idea that if we just think positively and confess what we want we will get it. To truly love yourself (the phrase "love yourself" is not in the Bible), you need to know Jesus Christ (1 John 3:16). You will then discover that it is not all about YOU, but about HIM. Here are five biblical truths that form the basis of a healthy self-image.
Accept yourself. Don't chase after other people's approval. Too much of what we do, say, buy or wear is motivated by our deep desire to be accepted by others. God accepts us unconditionally, and in His view we are all precious and priceless. Focus on this and you will not waste any time and effort trying to be someone you're not.
Deny yourself. Don't chase after vanity. The Bible tells us that if we would have abundant life (John 10:10) we must deny ourselves and follow Christ (Luke 9:23) by taking up our cross and following him to death. God only accepts us on the basis of our belief in (Rom. 10:9) and relationship to (John 14:23) His Son Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12), Who He sent to die (1 John 4:10) to pay the penalty (Rev. 5:9) of death (Rom. 6:23) for our sins (Rom. 3:23). God does NOT accept us outside of His Son (John 14:6). When we are in Christ we become "precious and priceless". God loves all people He has created so much that He sent His only Son (John 3:16) to die as the only sacrifice (Heb. 10:12) of forgiveness possible (Col. 1:14, Acts 4:12), but God hates wickedness (Ps. 97:10, Is. 61:8, Mal. 2:16, Prov. 6:16-19), and only those who turn away from wickedness (2 Tim. 2:19), repent (Acts 3:19) and accept the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9) as their Savior (John 4:42, 1 Tim. 4:10) will be called "children of God" (John 1:12).
Love yourself. "The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end," says the Lord. God is not fickle and He does not have grouchy days. I asked my wife, Kay, "When was the first time you remember really feeling loved by God?" She said it was more than 25 years ago, when our marriage was falling apart and we decided to get counseling. After we got home from a particularly painful session, Kay lay down on our bed in the dark, praying. In that moment of deep distress and self-doubt, she focused on God and was overwhelmed with the feeling that "God really does love me--without strings attached!" It was a breakthrough to freedom for her, and for our marriage.
Love Jesus Christ. God said in reference to His chosen people Israel "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10 NIV) So this has little to do with the Gentile readership of Ladies Home Journal. But moving on ... God is not fickle and He does not have "grouchy days" but God is a righteous judge and will send those people who are "lovers of themselves" (2 Tim. 3:1-9) to judgment (Rom. 2:5) and hell (Rev. 21:8). Where is the concept of "feeling loved" mentioned in the Bible? The answer is nowhere. God has given us the ability to feel, but our feelings can be misled by ourselves, others, the world, and the enemy. To base a relationship with the Lord on how you "feel" is totally subjective, and provides an opening for the devil to deceive. The enemy does not deceive with bad things, but with "good" things including "good" feelings (2 Cor. 11:14). God does love world (John 3:16), but the world is judged (John 12:31, 1 Cor. 11:32). God loves people (Matt. 18:14), but they are on their way to judgment without hope (Rom. 1:20, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12). God has many creatures (Gen. 1:1-2:25), but the only people who can call God "Father" (Gal. 4:6) are those who are saved by His Son and have a personal relationship with Him (Titus 3:7). There can be no "breakthrough" without you allowing the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) through the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16) and the Gospel preached (Rom. 10:14) to break your hard heart (Heb. 4:7) so that you confess you are a sinner (1 John 1:9). You must repent of your sins (2 Tim. 2:19) and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to experience sonship (Rom. 8:15).
Be true to yourself. Accept and enjoy your "shape,' and by that I'm talking about far more than the contours of your physical body--although you should rejoice in those too. To get to know yourself, make a list of your abilities and be as honest as you can. Ask friends for their input too. Then consider your heart--what you love to do--as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your personality. Don't deny your weaknesses; we all have a bundle of them. Be content with them.
Be true to Jesus Christ. Accept and enjoy a new life in Christ (Rom. 6:4) when you become one of His children (1 John 3:1). He will lift you up (James 4:10). He foreknew everyone who would be true to Jesus Christ (2 John 1:9) and because of that they are predestined, called, justified, and glorified (Rom. 8:29-30). Get to know Jesus Christ (John 17:3, 2 Pet. 3:18). Let God who created your gifts and abilities (James 1:17) use them (Ps. 100:1-5), but more importantly He gives you spiritual gifts as well (1 Cor. 14:12). These are to be used to build up others, not spend them on your vanity. We are weak, but the Lord is strong (2 Cor. 12:9-10). But we are not to be content in our weakness (sins), but strive through Christ to live holy lives (1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim. 1:9). No one can do this without being born again (John 3:3).
Forgive yourself. God doesn't expect perfection, but He does insist on honesty. When I honestly admit my errors and ask forgiveness in faith, He doesn't hold a grudge, doesn't get even and doesn't bring it up again. We should practice such a forgiving attitude with ourselves.
Forgive others as God forgives you. God is perfection (Ps. 18:30, James 1:17). We are sinners (Rom. 5:12). But God expects believers to come to unity in the Faith (Eph. 4:13), to believe what is right according to the Word of God (Titus 1:9, 1 Pet. 1:23). God expects honesty (Eph. 4:15, Rev. 21:8). For a teacher like Rick Warren to have "honesty" as a "Christian" he would need to deal with the issue of sin. But he does not. The only basis for wiping a person's slate clean of sins, again, is the blood of Christ (Heb. 10:19) shed substitutionally on our behalf. We must confess our sins (1 John 4:9) and believe that only Jesus Christ can save us (Eph. 1:13). THEN ... God will not not "hold a grudge" but will remove our sins as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:11-12). Jesus Christ has forgiven those who believe in Him (1 John 2:12). We in turn need to forgive others (Luke 11:4, Col. 3:13) . There is no mention about "forgiving ourselves" in the Bible. How can a guilty person forgive themselves?
Believe in yourself. I talk with many successful women who are plagued by a gnawing sense of insecurity and feelings of incompetence. What causes that? It's because they are still listening to old tapes from their past and acting on statements made years ago that weren't true even then. How do you reverse this? Start affirming the truth about yourself! The truth is God has created you with talents, abilities, personality and background in a combination that is uniquely you.
Believe in Jesus Christ. I talk with many successful women who are plagued with pride and self-absorbtion. What causes that? It is because they are not listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), they are not reading God's Word (2 Tim. 2:15), but instead are completely caught up in the "me" culture that is in the world and in the churches thanks to people like Rick Warren (Rom. 6:18). How do you reverse this? By coming to know the truth about yourself as a sinner (1 John 1:8), the truth about Jesus Christ as the God-man (Phil. 2:6-11), the truth about the world (John 14:17), flesh (John 6:63) and the devil (John 8:44), the truth about heaven (Heb. 12:23) and hell (2 Pet. 2:4-9). You can "affirm" and positively confess yourself all the way to perdition. But what good will it do you in the end (Jer. 5:31)? The truth is that God has created you to come to the point where you bow your knee to the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:6-11) and make Him the Lord of your life (Luke 4:8) INSTEAD OF YOURSELF. You can bow now or be forced to bow before you are sentenced to the lake of fire (Rom. 14:11).
For those of you who have never heard about true life and "purpose" that Jesus Christ taught about because you have been reading Rick Warren books ... and for Rick Warren who has apparently forgotten about the Gospel and the Christian's mandate to preach it ... here is a place you can start to learn about true life, true love, true joy and true hope.
Read this tract.
Gal. 6:3 If anyone
thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
1 Cor. 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
Jer. 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Eph. 4:20-24 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
1 John 2:16 For everything in the world— the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does— comes not from the Father but from the world.
John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
1 John 3:8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Rom. 10:9 That 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.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Rev. 5:9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:16 "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.
Heb. 10:12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.
Col. 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Ps. 97:10 Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Is. 61:8 "For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
Prov. 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
2 Tim. 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
John 4:42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
1 Tim. 4:10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
Jn. 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
2 Tim. 3:1-9 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth— men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Rom. 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
Rev. 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars— their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
2 Cor. 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
1 Cor. 11:32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
Matt. 18:14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
Rom. 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Rom. 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—
Gen. 1:1-2:25 ¶ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning— the first day. And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning— the second day. And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning— the third day. And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights— the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning— the fourth day. And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning— the fifth day. And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground— everything that has the breath of life in it— I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning— the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens—and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground— the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground— trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Gal. 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, <"Abba>, Father."
Tit. 3:7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
2 Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Rom. 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Heb. 4:7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
1 Jn. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
2 Tim. 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
Rom. 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, <"Abba,> Father."
Rom. 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
1 Jn. 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
2 Jn. 1:9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Jn. 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Rom. 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
2 Pet. 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Ps. 100:1-5 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
1 Cor. 14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
2 Cor. 12:9-10 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 on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Thes. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Ps. 18:30 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.
Eph. 4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Tit. 1:9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
1 Pet. 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Eph. 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
1 Jn. 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Eph. 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
Ps. 103:11-12 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.
1 Jn. 2:12 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
Luke 11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ‘"
Col. 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Jn. 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)
Rom. 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
1 Jn. 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Phil. 2:6-11 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jn. 14:17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Heb. 12:23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
2 Pet. 2:4-9 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
Jer. 5:31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, "It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’"
Romans 14:11 It is written: "‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ’every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’"
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
1 Pet. 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Thes. 1:4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
1 Tim. 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Jn. 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Phil. 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ