Encouraging Bible Verses

Let these encouraging bible verses give you encouragement, comfort and inspiration. There is no better encouragement than from the Word of God. These verses from Scripture are ones that are uplifting and offer hope.


Encouraging Bible Verses from the Old Testament
This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
It is far too easy to assume that God is not near you or with you when there are times of anguish, problems or pain. The truth is, however, that no matter what we are experiencing, no matter what we are dealing with, God is with you. But, lean not on your own power to overcome or to work through issues that seem daunting. First, draw close to God in prayer and ask Him to walk with you, to counsel you, and to give you the strength that you need.

Quotes about God



For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)


But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)


Encouraging Bible Verses from Psalms and Proverbs
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Psalm 23:1 (NLT)


Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (NLT)


God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
It was just as true yesterday as it is today; we all live in troubled times. It doesn't matter how important you are, or how unimportant you seem to be, nor how much money you or how little you have, we all live in times of trouble. No matter the time nor place, demonic forces are all around us using every trouble as an opportunity to lead us away from the Lord, to blame Him for not protecting us, or accusing Him of abandoning us. However, God is always there; He never leaves you; and, He will stand with you firm in your faith as you traverse the muddy waters of life.

Faith Quotes



I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)


When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalm 94:19


Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.
Psalm 146:3 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
What help can a powerful person give you? Are you willing to put your confidence in a mere mortal? No person is any better than another; there are no favourites in the eyes of God. What may at times seem to be an earthly solution is never a solution that provides for eternal life. The only way, in fact the only assured way, is to put your confidence in the power of our Lord who died and was resurrected so that whoever believed in Him would be with Him throughout eternity.

Easter Quotes



Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)


The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek Godís help be encouraged.
Psalm 69:32


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)


Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)


Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
Proverbs 25:19 (NLT)


Encouraging Bible Verses from the New Testament
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
There are those who have abandoned their church declaring that there is no need for them to be part of a church family. To many of these people, as long as they believe in Christ there is no need to belong. However, is this God's intent? One of the greatest gifts that God has blessed us with is that of a church family. Family sticks together; it helps when times are tough; it gives encouragement when troubles arise; and, it never abandons us when all else have.

Blessed



Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
Matthew 19:26 (NLT)


What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Romans 8:31 (NLT)


God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NLT)


Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
One of the most devastating human emotions is that of worrying. Worry has never accomplished anything positive nor has it extended your life by one minute or changed the course of events. When a situation or issue is beyond your control or influence, worry can't change or alter anything. The truth is that one can overcome any of life's issues through God's help. Through prayer give your worries to God for He loves you.

Prayer



Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for Godís promises to be fulfilled.
Romans 15:4 (NLT)


Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)


Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Romans 12:12 (NLT)


That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)


Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
Philippians 2:1 (NLT)


He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
Have you ever received help, advice, counsel or friendship when you had to face difficulties? Whether we like to admit it or not, everyone of us has received some sort of help or aid somewhere or sometime in our life. Maybe it was the friend who stayed with us when we were unable to look after ourself; maybe it was the kindness of a person who loaned you a few dollars before pay day so you could buy food for your family; or, maybe it was a church member who stood by your side when disaster struck. In each case, God gave you the blessing of comfort, of friendship, of assistance. We are blessed with God's comfort through people who assist to the glory of God so that we can also bless and comfort people in need who are put in our path.

Compassion



God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away
James 1:12-14 (NLT)


Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience Godís peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)


I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.Ē
John 16:33 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
To reflect on this passage is to understand that "peace" will not be the greatest part of our life here on earth without the inner peace that rests on our Lord. Even though we are in this world, we are not of this world. This means that we aren't at home; we only live on this earth but for a short time. Rejoice in the knowledge that our home is with Our Lord Jesus. Take solace and comfort in knowing that these trials and tribulations will be very short lived compared to eternity where there will be no more sorrow or tears.

Peace



For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)


If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Romans 12:8 (NLT)


And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)


And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Matthew 6:30 (NLT)


Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NLT)


But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
Our thoughts on this verse:
There is nothing upon or in or around this world that merits our worry when we are protected by the armour of faith and love that is found through believing in Jesus Christ. For it is not that we quest for the life on this world but for the eternity with Our Lord.

Believe



Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18 (NLT)
Our thoughts on this verse:
This passage can often be misunderstood to mean that we should be thankful "for" all circumstances. However, this would be in error. The passage clearly says that we should be thankful "in" all circumstances that we who believe have Christ walking with us no matter what happens. Our assurance is that even in circumstances that are difficult, we can affirm our belief and faith knowing that any testing is for our own character development.

Thanksgiving



And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)


So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?"
Hebrews 13:6 (NLT)

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