he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing,
“Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn't he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
"So you also, when you have done
everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants;