Christianity: some passages from the Letters of St. Paul
The Letter to the Romans
Do not be conformed
to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may
discern what is the will of God – what is good, acceptable and perfect (12:2).
Let your love be
without hypocrisy (12:9).
Bless those who
persecute you. Bless and do not curse them (12:14).
Live in harmony with
one another. Do not be arrogant, but associate with those who are humble. Do not
claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil but take
thought for what is noble in the sight of all (12:16-17).
Owe no one anything,
except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law.
The commandments: You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall
not steal; you shall not covet; and any other commandments are summed up in this
one phrase, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong
to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfilling of the Law (13:8-10).
The First Letter to the Corinthians
Do you not know that
you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (3:16)
So, whatever you eat
or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God (10:31).
If I speak in the
tongues of mortals and of angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a
clanging cymbal. If I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have all faith, enough to remove mountains, but do not have
love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions and hand over my body to
be burnt but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is
not envious, boastful, arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way.
Love is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but
rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. Love never ends. Now faith, hope and love abide,
these three; and the greatest of these is love (13:1-8, 13)
Make love your aim
Let all that you do
be done in love (16:14)
The Second Letter to the
We are the temple of
the living God. As God said, “I will live in them and walk among them and I
will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from them and
be separate from them and touch nothing unclean. Then I will welcome you. I will
be your father and you shall be my sons and daughters” (6:16-18).
Let us cleanse
ourselves from every defilement of flesh and of spirit, making holiness perfect
in the fear of God (7:1).
I am content with
weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities for the sake of
Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong (12:10)
Examine yourselves to
see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize
that Jesus Christ is in you? (13:5)
The Letter to the Galatians
I have been crucified
with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me (2:20)
The whole Law is
summed up in a single commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Bear one another’s
burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (6:2).
Live by the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (5:16, 22).
Let us not grow weary
in doing what is right. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work
for the good of all and especially for those of the family of faith (6:9-10).
The Letter to the Ephesians
falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are all
members of one another (4:25).
Put away all
bitterness, wrath, anger, wrangling, slander and all malice. Be kind to one
another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you
Be subject to one
another out of reverence for Christ. Wives: be subject to your husbands as you
are to the Lord. Husbands: love your wives just as Christ loved the Church and
gave Himself up for her (5:21-22, 25).
Children, honor your
parents in the Lord for this is right (6:1)
Fathers, do not
provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and
instruction of the Lord (6:4).
The Letter to the Philippians
Live your life in a
manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ (1:27).
Do nothing from
selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than
yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests
of others (2:3-4).
Work out your own
salvation in fear and in trembling; for it is God who is at work in you,
enabling you both to will and to work for His good pleasure (2:12-13).
Rejoice in the Lord
always! Again, I will say it: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near! Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with gratitude, let your requests be made known to God. And the
peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus (4:4-7).
The Letter to the Colossians
Therefore, put to
death whatever in you is earthly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire
and greed, which is idolatry (3:5)
Now you must rid
yourself of all such things: anger, wrath, malice, slander and filthy language
from your mouth. Do not lie to one another (3:8-9).
As God’s chosen
ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
meekness and patience. Bear with one another and if anyone has a complaint
against another, forgive each other. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you
also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds
everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your
hearts to which indeed you were called in the one Body. And be thankful! Let the
word of the Lord dwell in you richly. Teach and admonish one another in wisdom.
And with gratitude in your hearts, sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to
God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (3:12-17).
The First Letter to the
As you know, we dealt
with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you
and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into His own
kingdom and glory (2:11-12).
God did not call us
to impurity but in holiness (4:7).
See that none of you
repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all
Rejoice always, pray
without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you (5:16-18).
The Second Letter to the
To this end we will
always pray for you, asking that our God make you worthy of His call and will
fulfill by His power every good resolve and work of faith so that the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the
grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (1:11-12).
Stand firm and hold
fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, whether by word of mouth or
by our letter (2:15).
The First Letter to Timothy
The saying is sure
and worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am the first (1:15).
Women should dress
modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with expensive clothes, gold and
pearls, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for
We brought nothing
into the world and we can take nothing out of it (6:7).
The love of money is
the root of all kinds of evil. In their eagerness to be rich some have wandered
away from the faith and pierced themselves with much pain (6:10).
As for those in the
present who are rich, command them not to be arrogant or to set their hopes on
the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who abundantly provides us with
everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works,
generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a
good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that is
really life (6:17-19).
The Second Letter to Timothy
wrangling over words (2:14).
who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (3:12).
In the last days,
distressing times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of
money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful,
unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of what is
good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its
The time is coming
when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they
will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn
away from the truth and wander away into myths (4:3-4).
The Letter to Titus
the pure, all things are pure; but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is
pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God
but deny Him by their actions (1:15-16)
Be obedient, ready
for every good work, speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling, be gentle and show
courtesy to everyone (3:2)
controversies, genealogies, dissensions and quarrels about the Law, for they are
unprofitable and worthless (3:9).
The Letter to Philemon
my heart in Christ (20).