6For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.11For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.16So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
Psalms 59:2, 10, 17-18
1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God, protect me from those who rise up against me,9O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee; for thou, O God, art my fortress.16But I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.17O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee, for thou, O God, art my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.
24Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.26For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?27For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.