1 Corinthians 3:21-4:5 (NRSV)
21 So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things
22 whether Paul
or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present
or the future -- all belong to you,
23 and you belong
to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards
of God’s mysteries.
2 Moreover, it
is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy.
3 But with me
it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any
human court. I do not even judge myself.
4 I am not aware
of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is
the Lord who judges me.
5 Therefore do
not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes,
who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will
disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation
Psalm 116:12-19 (NIV)
12 What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name
of the LORD.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of
all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his
16 Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my
mother did; you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on
the name of the LORD.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of
all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD -- in your midst,
Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.
3:18-24 (The Message)
18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk about
love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll
know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s
also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when
there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts
and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
21-24 And friends,
once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing
or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re
able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because
we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this
is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son,
Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original
command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him,
and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding
presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.