Inspirational Bible verses inspire us; that’s why they are called inspirational Bible verses. Every Christian probably has their favorites. The website www.topverses.com list John 3:16, as the top Bible verse of all time. I am not going to disagree with that. Most people know this verse in some version or other. ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” It is one of my favorite Bible verses, it is also a very inspiring verse to me. There are several other inspirational Bble verses that I use quite often. Any of my friends on Facebook could probably tell you that I sometimes use inspirational Bible verses to try to help my friends out when they are feeling down. (Note: All verses in this article are quoted from the NAB, New American Bible, version of the Bible).
Why I use inspirational Bible verses
My reasoning for using inspirational Bible verses to when I am trying to be inspire or encourage someone is quite simple. I have only been around trying to inspire and encourage people for about 45 years. I know some may say, hey you are over 45. Yes, I am, I will be 51 soon. But, let’s face facts here, the first 5 to 6 years of my life, I was not doing the inspiring…I was waiting on people to inspire me! So we agree, I’ve only been trying to inspire people for maybe 45 years; but the Bible has been inspirational for a thousand or two thousand years. So when I feel I really need to inspire someone, when I feel someone is really needing some encouragement, I go to the best source I know for those inspiring and encouraging words…the Bible. Listed below are my favorite inspirational Bible verses and why they inspire me and I feel they can inspire others.
Inspirational Bible Verses That Inspire Me
1. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.”
This verse is my all time top inspirational Bible verse. I use it to remind myself and others that many times God has a plan for us and it is a plan for our good, and not for our woe. I’ve went through some really rough patches in my life and all of those things lead me to where I am now, and the place I am in now is a good place. No, I am not rich or famous or anything like that. But, I’m happy and good things are happening in my life. So when I have a bad day or bad week, I remember those bad times that I had before and remember how God had a plan for me then and how everything worked out to be better than I ever could have imagined. And I know, no matter how bad things get, He still has a plans in mind for me, they are not for woe and they are plans to give me a future full of hope. That’s what I have now that has me in a good place…I have a future full of hope!
2. Isaiah 55:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.”
This verse goes along with the first one. It reminds me that I can never think like God. His ways are heavenly. No matter how hard I may try to live a good Christian life, I won’t understand God’s ways. It tells me that sometimes hard times are His way to help me in my life and although I don’t understand it, I need to try to stay in God’s will. And His plan will be a good one! Although it is difficult, He knows what He is doing and why. One day when we all get to heaven, I believe, we will all see clearly why things happen the way they do and we will really understand that His ways are not our ways. But, we will know that His ways are the right way.
3. Romans 12:19
“Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Many people would say that this verse is not an inspirational Bible verse at all. However, it is because it inspires me to live the Christian way. Many times things happen that cause such pain that our human nature causes us to want to pay back evil for evil. This verse helps me to know that revenge is not for me to handle. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. Several times I have seen this happen. Some people like to put it in another way when they say, “What goes around comes around.” We may never know the vengeance that is the Lord’s or how He repays. Although, it is an inspirational verse to me because I know that the Lord will take care of it, sometime and I can just walk away from it knowing that God will handle it. Took me many years to learn to “Let It Go”, but my oh my, my life is so much better now that I do.
4. Philippians 4:6
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving , make your requests known to God.”
I am a very anxious person. When I read this verse and finally really understood it, my life got a lot more simple. I didn’t have to worry about a lot of things that I had really given a lot of time to worrying about. It is certainly a inspiration in progress for me. To me this verse tells me that if we are worried about anything we need to pray and make sure God knows what we are concerned about. Of course, God knows everything, many would say, so why do we need to tell him what we are worried about. I may not understand this correctly, but this is my take on it. When we were children, our parents knew we were afraid of the dark, of being alone in our room or whatever we were afraid of. However, until we told them ourselves, although they knew we were afraid, they didn’t take as much action. Once we told them, our parents tried to help us. Maybe that is how God is with us, His children. I know it helps when I turn whatever I have anxiety about over to Him. Somehow, it usually works out and I can feel His hand working in my life. Another part of this verse that is sometimes over looked, is the thanksgiving part. Always remember, just as you did with your parents when they helped you, to give God thanks for whatever He has helped you with. I’m having to work on that thanksgiving part, also.
Well, there you have it, my big four inspirational Bible verses. Hope they help you as much as they do me!