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Encouraging Bible Verses

holy bible The hard thing about coming up encouraging Bible verses is that the writer doesn't know where you are in your journey at this particular moment in time.

Scroll down to see helpful Bible verses for the following subjects:

  • Going Through Rough Times
  • Guilt Over Sin
  • Living a Godly Life
  • Trouble at Work
Biblical encouragement when you are feeling down and out is the best type of encouragement you can receive. God knows exactly what you're going through, and he also knows how to keep our spirits up through his word.

I've decided to organize my encouraging Bible verses page into categories, and maybe include a little backstory of when I used the Bible verse to get me through a particular spot in my life. Due to copyright laws, I can't include the actual text to all of these, but I will include a link to Bible Gateway where you can read the actual NIV verse.

My favorite words of Biblical encouragement come from Jesus Christ:

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

As of writing this page, I have been asking God to show me true repentance and to fully understand His love, so that I may return atleast a portion of that love through Jesus Christ. I'm such a logical, reason-it-out type of person that I don't fully comprehend the love of God yet. This leads to all sorts of faith and trust issues (ie. me trusting God with my life) because some of the things I feel led to do cause me so much conflict.

God continues to work in my life, and I love the fact He continues to refine me. Although painful sometimes, I'm learning that in the midst of trouble, things aren't all that bad, and I realize God is gentle in the way he handles me.

Okay, on to more encouraging Bible verses.

Going Through Rough Times

Everybody goes through rough times. Finances, marriage, work, kids, family, emotional stress, the list goes on and on. None of God's children are immune to life's troubles, and God often uses those times to test us, refine us, and bring us closer to him.

My wife suggested James for a good source of encouraging Bible verses. I guess James got her through some rough spots before she met me (not that I solve all her problems now...quite the opposite I must say!)

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy?... Read James 5:13-16

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial...Read James 1:12

In your struggle against sin...Read Hebrews 12:4-12

About people plotting evil against you and God intervening...Read Psalms 64

Guilt Over Sin

Guilt is a powerful tool in satan's arsenal. He uses guilt to stop us from doing what God has asked us to do (what we FEEL God has asked us to do), or he keeps us depressed and down in the dumps about our past, or keeps us feeling unworthy to receive his grace and love. There IS hope!

Being our father, and wanting the best for us, God provides these encouraging Bible verses to deal witih satan's schemes:

Romans 3:21-22
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Still not convinced? Maybe David can help you in Psalms.

David tells us all about God's compassion, how he understands who we are and what he does for us. Read Psalms 103:8-14.

So, you still aren't convinced from David's story in the Old Testament. How about a few hundred years in the future. Paul has a slightly different take on sin. He describes how sin affects him, why he has been given the weakness, and how he gets passed it. Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Paul's story resonates deeply with me. Anybody who has dealt with an addiction or other habit can relate to what Paul says about sin's effect on him. Turn to God, he WILL heal you in his time.

Living a Godly Life

Every Christian in the world needs an encouraging bible verse about living a Godly life. There isn't a day goes by that we don't screw up in some form or another. Sometimes the sin is "big", other times it is "small" (from our perspective) but it is all sin in God's eyes. These words are easier said than done, but they are the truth nonetheless.

This is what James has to say about living a Godly life:

James 4:7-10
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

I love what Paul says to Timothy in this Bible verse from Timothy. We are to serve God with a spirit of power, not timidity. If that were the case, we would call this book 2 Timidity (oh, that was a poor joke - I know. I promise not to do it this paragraph).

Once again, we are reminded in Ephesians that we are, in fact, mighty in the Lord. That means we can lean on him in times of trouble and trust him to lead us out of harms way.

One thing I've learned just recently is that we are powerless to do anything on our own. Isaiah tells us that God is responsible for healing us. We are simply to have patience and faith.

I hope these encouraging Bible verses are helping! Remember, go to God in prayer. Tell him how you feel, he can handle your feelings. God made you and is willing and able to turn you into a likeness of his son, Jesus Christ.

Trouble at Work

Man, do I know about trouble at work. I directly manage eight employees and oversee processes and programs that are used by hundreds of government employees. Stress is a big part of my life. Too big, in fact. I need to put these words of encouragement into practice every day. Sometimes I'm successful, other times...not so much.

1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished."

Those are awesome words. I love to hear that God is with me. I just wish I would turn to him more often. I guess I'll just have to keep praying. Maybe you can put in a good word for me too?

Another great encouraging Bible verse comes from Nehemiah 4. This verse in about continuing to work even when up against very stressful conditions. God had placed on Nehemiah's heart to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I love how he handled the situation. Its good to have friends willing to work with you sometimes, which is also a biblical concept!

The final encouraging Bible verse comes from Joshua. In my opinion, this is the best encouragement because not only does it encourage us to act, but God asserts his authority. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous."

What fatherly advice! This is just awesome, and I can just picture God saying it too. He's expecting us to act like his children - and we're supposed to. Not in a "spirit of timidity", but in God's strength. Read Joshua 1:6-9 to see what I'm talking about.

Well, I hope you liked my version of encouraging Bible verses. There are so many to pick from, it was hard to narrow it down. Have a great day and God bless!

Thanks for the encouraging Bible verses. Take me home!