Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:2
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-18
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:14
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
~ Hebrews 13:2
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
~ Colossians 4:5-7
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
~ Romans 12:9
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. Do 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.
~ Romans 12:17-21
Notes: Today’s paintings are: William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Charity”, 1878; Peter Paul Rubens’s “Saint Paul”, 1611; Claude Vignon’s “Saint Paul the Apostle”, 17th century; Edward Clifford’s “Some Have Entertained Angels Unawares”, prior to 1874; Fray Juan Bautista Maíno’s “Pentecost”, 1612-14; Jacopo Bassano, “The Good Samaritan”, circa 1562-63; and Dan Burr’s untitled painting of John and the Marys at the foot of the cross. Header image is Vasily Surikov’s “The Apostle Paul Expounding the Dogma of Christianity to Herod, Agrippa, His Sister Bernice and the Roman Proconsul Festus”, 1875.