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Here are some scriptures that have been
especially helpful to me, and to other
stepparents who have shared with us.
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Matthew chapter 5:1 - 10

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are:

  • the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  • those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  • the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  • the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
  • those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Matthew chapter 5:38 - 48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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Matthew chapter 18:15 - 22

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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Phillipians chapter 4:8, 9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Song of Solomon chapter 2:15

catch the "little foxes" that can damage your tender relationship; things such as little jokes that hurt, little advantages taken just because you can, little asides about kids or family that cut
and little words that hurt (Prov 13:3, 15:1-4)
and little attitudes (Prov 16:18-19, 13:10; Phil 2:3,4)
and little hurts, such as not caring enough to listen (Prov. 18:13 !!)

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