For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God … has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. § God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
John 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:18–21; 1 John 4:8–11
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord.
He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” … Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest.
Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?
To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. § If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense … Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Prov. 20:27; John 8:7, 9; Gen. 3:11; James 4:17;
1 John 3:20–21; Rom. 14:20, 22; Ps. 139:23–24