After 12 years of Catholic school, I felt like I’d been force-fed religion and Christianity. It was quite a long time before I considered reading the Bible. I thought biblical quotations merely platitudes – old-fashioned sayings that had no real meaning or relevance in my life. But I’ve grown to appreciate the Bible and its teachings, and look to its content for guidance in my life. I now understand why it is the best-selling book of all time.
Here are five different Bible quotations that have impacted my life — sayings that guide my each and every day. Some are universal principles that can help each and every one of us, regardless of religion or belief, live better lives:
Bible Quote 1: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”- John 8:32
This wisdom is not just Biblical, it’s universal. There is nothing as good as the truth. When we live in honesty, we are happiest. Being sincere and open and truthful with ourselves and with others just plain feels good. When we are truthful, we eliminate stress; we avoid unrealistic expectations; we steer clear of deception and lies. Like the Bible says, the truth does set us free.
Bible Quote 2: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7
What we do – or don’t do – has consequences. Just as a gardener knows she can’t expect a vegetable crop if she doesn’t plant the seeds, we should also understand that we cannot expect results without effort, we cannot expect income without working, we cannot expect to finish something that we’ve never started. Like many Biblical sayings, this is a universal principle. This Bible quote helps me to focus my actions each and every day so that I constantly endeavor to achieve my personal and business goals.
Bible Quote 3: “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” – Ephesians 4:26
We’ve all experienced or heard of situations when people have gotten angry at each other, and weeks or months later forgotten what the fuss was all about. Perhaps age does bring wisdom, since the older I get, the more important it is to keep the good relationships I have. We should make it a point not to go to bed angry at our spouses, our loved ones, our family or our friends. This Bible message is plain and clear, and I do my best to live by it.
Bible Quote 4: “And why are you anxious about what to wear? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like one of these.” – Matthew 6:28-29
Being a woman in America is often very difficult. We are constantly bombarded with messages and marketing about how you should look. The focus is on what we wear and how we appear. Clothing is no longer something worn to protect us from the elements – items that keep us warm or shade us from sun or rain. Are we wearing the right styles? Are they the “in” colors? Do they have the right labels? Whenever I find myself getting too concerned with style or fashion or how I look, I recall this great Bible verse, and I realize that true beauty is natural beauty. Everything else is superficial nonsense.
Bible Quote 5: “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.'” – Luke 12:15
It doesn’t take genius to realize that we live in a world driven by massive materialism. We are living in a culture of “keeping up with the Joneses” on steroids. Children text on expensive multi-media cell phones; tweens entertain themselves with electronic consoles and games worth hundreds of dollars; and high schoolers outspend their parents on clothing, cosmetics, luxuries, and personal care. Consumerism has reached new and dangerous heights, and it makes me fear for the future. In this world of “gotta have” it gives me comfort to reflect on this Bible passage, which cautions against obsessive greed, and helps me realize that life is not about what we have, but about who we are. This Biblical quote lets me understand that we won’t be remembered for what we had in life, but for what we did in our lives.