Just wanted to put up one of my favorite Bible verses! It really encompasses everything I have been aspiring and trying to do and be. I used to meditate on these passages in my battle with possessiveness, jealousy, and envy. I can say confidently, that I'm definitely freer than I used to be. It is only by staying CLOSE to God that we can achieve anything.
CLOSE- is the key word. I say this, coz sometimes I have fallen into spiritual pride thinking/feeling that I have overcome something when I truly haven't. I say in those times, I was focusing too much on myself-my ability to overcome a sin (of course yes through God), but not an emphasis solely on God. Only by holding close to God can we overcome. I believe all of us are victim to the same mistakes over and over again unless we continue to hold.
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do 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. 20 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."[c] 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.