"I, the Lord, have called You to demonstrate My righteousness.
I will take You by the hand and guard You,
and I will give You to My people, Israel,
as a symbol of My covenant with them.
And You will be a light to guide the nations.
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me…For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:24–26 NAS95)
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong…When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.” (Ecclesiastes 5:...