Bible verses are milk and meat to babies and maturing/perfected Christians. Scripture is the very Word, which was with God in the beginning and also was God (John 1:1). To grow up in God and continue your journey toward maturity, Scriptural study is imperative.
Scripture endows you with the same power, wisdom, strength and spiritual protection that Jesus brandished during his 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13). When the devil tried to tempt Christ, Jesus used the Word to claim authority over the enemy. This same power is available to you through Christ and his Word, which are one in the same. Following are five of the “best” bible verses to get you started.
5 of the Most Uplifting Bible Verses
1. John 3:16: God’s Love and Grace
This is perhaps the most famous of all Bible verses and often a Bible verse of the day:
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This verse reminds you that Christ died for “whoever”.
This applies to the entire human family. It also echoes Paul’s instructions to the Philippian jailer in Acts 15:25-40, who asked the Apostle Paul, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved – you and your family”.
John 3:16 sums up God’s love and amazing grace, his unmerited favor manifest through the perfect sacrifice of his only son; and it explains how you can triumph over the world and death, and enjoy eternal salvation, joy and victory through Christ.
2. Colossians 3:13: Forgiveness
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”.
This is a wonderful daily bible verse to recite. The word “forgive” and the theme of forgiveness appears hundreds of times throughout Bible verses in the Old Testament and the New Testament (Christ Revealed).
A forgiving spirit is the essence of godliness, indicated by Christ himself in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and the Parable of the Two Debtors, also known as the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35).
Recalling each of these Bible verses reconnects you to a sense of humility, compassion and peace toward those who owe you or who may have wronged you. It also maintains one of many healthy lifestyle habits that comprise right standing with God, for God does not forgive those who do not forgive themselves or their brothers and sisters (Matthew 6:14-15).
3. Romans 12:2: Don’t Follow the Worldly Crowd
Romans 12:2 states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This quote is your advice and comfort when your beliefs put you at odds with the secular world and, at times, even with carnal Christians. Recall that Bible verses (God’s Word) are your guide to grooming yourself for the Kingdom. This grooming requires strength, resolve, restraint, discipline and wisdom that only God offers.
Therefore, as the old saying goes, “Don’t follow the crowd. It was the crowd that killed Jesus”. Listen to your heart, the place where you hide God’s word so as to walk according to the law (Psalm 119). When difficulties arise, reread Romans 12:2, and then pray and fearlessly ask for wisdom on how to proceed (James 1:5).
4. Philippians 3:134: Don’t Give Up
In the book of Philippians, a letter from the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi, Paul shares his example for Christ-centered living in the face of diversity and tremendous challenges: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. Biblical scholars surmise that Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned.
Paul’s determination through Christ teaches how to remain positive and hopeful during horrific circumstances. Elsewhere in the same chapter, Paul inscribes one of the most inspirational Bible verses: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
By placing all of our hopes in Christ who strengthens us and by persevering, we triumph over the endless pitfalls of the world (Romans 5:3-5).
5. 1 Corinthians 10:13: He’ll Make a Way
He’ll make a way out of no way, so goes the old church wisdom. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a random Bible verse that illustrates this point magnificently:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
James 1:2-4 is worth mentioning: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
In the midst of your greatest trials, meditate on these Bible verses for hope and reinforcement.
Don’t be anxious, dismayed or disheartened, but trust in God entirely and make your needs known humbly and with gratitude (Philippians 4:6-7). Believe it is already done; after your victory, testify so as to encourage yourself and others.
A Word of Ending
The Word is your protection against the Enemy and diverse spiritual warfare. It is the most useful tool for resisting the devil and getting to know God more intimately. Bible verses about love are a particularly anointed means of drawing nearing to God’s definition of Christ-like humanity.
If you want to pray with increased authority, then knowledge and application of the Word is your truest, most effective method. If you’ve experienced major spiritual growth through knowledge of the Word, please share below. Stay “prayed up”, and behold continued blessings.