It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. Romans 9:16 NIV
There were a lot of cute anagrams floating around years ago, one was D.O.G. Depend On God, and you can. I have had to in some very difficult situations.
Galatians 3:18 tells us that our inheritance as believers does not depend on the law but on His promise, Jesus purchased our salvation through grace. And Matthew 22:40 says that they depend on these two commands He gave to love God and one another. And Phillipians 3:9 says righteousness depends on faith.
The LORD is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. Lamentations 3:25
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NLT
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them. ” Galatians 3:13
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 NIV
Rely and trust are other definitions of depend, you may want to do some further study. Our Proverb also uses the more familiar lean, and I can promise as much as you try it will not always be possible to be at peace with everyone, but we must depend on His peace, John 14:27, and know when and how to speak it or shake the dust off.
As far as it goes, 1 John 4:16 is using depend but many translations are come to know the love. Either way, we rely on God, depend on Him, as we search for Him. And not depend on our understanding, but seek and trust His Word and wisdom.
We are not depending on the law or Ten Commandments, our own ability, but by faith, on His sacrifice and grace, that was the only way we would become righteous, Jesus took the curse. Galatians 3:13
While we can and should be able to have ministries and friends, family or fellow believers to depend on, the truth is, they are only human and some you can’t rely on but you can always depend on God and His mercy and grace.
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