Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses
its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good
for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by people.
14 You are the
light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do
people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put in
on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same
way, let your light shine before people, that they may see your
good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.
15 I have heard
about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's
16 So I never
stop being grateful for you, as I mention you in my prayers.
17 I ask the glorious
Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit.
The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means
to know God.
18 My prayer is
that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the
hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover
the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's
19 I want you
to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers.
It is the same wonderful power he used
20 when he raised
Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.
21 There Christ
rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules
over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world
22 God has put
all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church
he has made him the head of everything.
23 The church
is Christ's body and is filled with Christ who completely fills