Isaiah 43-45New International Version (NIV)
Israel’s Only Savior
43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the Lord says—
16 This is what the Lord says—
22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
Israel the Chosen
44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
The Lord, Not Idols
6 “This is what the Lord says—
9 All who make idols are nothing,
12 The blacksmith takes a tool
21 “Remember these things, Jacob,
23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
Jerusalem to Be Inhabited
24 “This is what the Lord says—
I am the Lord,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’
45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
8 “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
11 “This is what the Lord says—
14 This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[h]
15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
18 For this is what the Lord says—
20 “Gather together and come;
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
1 Peter 4New International Version (NIV)
Living for God
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
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