March 14th 2021
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own.
So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another
whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else.
You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.
And to all these qualities add love,
which binds all things together in perfect unity.
The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make;
for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body.
And be thankful.
Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts.
Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom.
Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs;
sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.
Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands,
for that is what you should do as Christians.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
Some time later Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed his people by giving them good crops; so she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law.
They started out together to go back to Judah,
but on the way she said to them,
"Go back home and stay with your mothers.
May the Lord be as good to you as you have been to me and to those who have died and may the Lord make it possible for each of you to marry again and have a home."
So Naomi kissed them good-bye. But they started crying and said to her,
"No! We will go with you to your people."
"You must go back, my daughters," Naomi answered.
"Why do you want to come with me?
Do you think I could have sons again for you to marry?
12 Go back home, for I am too old to get married again even if I thought there was still hope, and so got married tonight and had sons,
13 would you wait until they had grown up? Would this keep you from marrying someone else? No, my daughters, you know that's impossible.
The Lord has turned against me, and I feel very sorry for you."
14 Again they started crying. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye and went back home, but Ruth held on to her. So Naomi said to her,
"Ruth, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god.
Go back home with her."
But Ruth answered,
"Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you.
Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live.
Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried.
May the Lord's worst punishment come upon me
if I let anything but death separate me from you!"
When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her,
she said nothing more.
They went on until they came to Bethlehem.