Encouraging Bible Verses

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We all need encouraging Bible verses

Life can be discouraging. Years ago, I shared an office with an individual who habitually came to work and greeted me with the words, "Paul, I don't know what's wrong, but I'm in a really bad mood today." I heard this comment almost every day for around three months. It is hard to work with people who are governed by their moods.

The best encouragement comes from the Bible

Mark Twain once said, "I can go a whole month on one sincere compliment." I love this quote because it reminds me of how powerful words can be - especially positive and uplifting words.

The scriptures teach us to consider our words as a gift. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29). Criticizing others is easy. Praising them for what they are doing right may take effort, but it's worth it. A positive, life-lifting word of appreciation is always remembered.

Many people give us words of spiritual encouragement - famous world leaders, rich business leaders, friends, even your mom! Consider getting encouragement from the Creator of the world, the One who loves you, and the One who has unlimited power -- God Himself.

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

Jesus said, I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. John 10:14

Jesus said, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20

"I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24

God says, Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Isaiah 49:15

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God said, Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. Isaiah 46:4

Jesus said,Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. . .For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:25, 32-33

Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

God said, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Jeremiah 31:34

Encouraging Bible verses are words from Jesus himself

How do we maintain our joy and passion? How do we keep from losing heart? While there is no simple answer, I believe one clue is found in John 21. After Jesus was crucified, but before he ascended to heaven, he interacted with his disciples for 40 days. Use your imagination and consider the emotional trauma the disciples experienced during the days surrounding our Lord's crucifixion and resurrection. I'm sure they were discouraged. Even though Jesus was raised from the dead, did they really know what was next? I doubt it. I believe it was a period when Jesus' closest followers needed some encouragement.

Jesus encourages the disciples

John 21 records an episode where some of the disciples had spent all night fishing, but in the end, caught nothing. Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples didn't realize that it was Jesus. He called to them, "Friends, haven’t you any fish?" "No," they answered. He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." They did so and were unable to haul the net in because it was so full of fish. Then John said to Peter, "It is the Lord." After they towed the net full of fish ashore, they noticed that Jesus had his own fire with fish and bread already prepared. Then Jesus said, "Come and have breakfast."

Jesus loves to spend time with people and just talk. He's never in a hurry. Reassurance is one of his specialties. Time alone with Jesus is a great source of encouragement. If his followers had lost heart, their time alone with Jesus gave them a chance to rebuild their relationship with him and restore their hope for the future. People often form the view they have of themselves from the words that other say to them. Share these encouraging Bible verses with others so they will know how God views them.

You too can have breakfast with Jesus

Today, are you spiritually and emotionally discouraged? Was 2013 especially draining? Then perhaps it's time for you to slow down and "have breakfast with Jesus." If he had the time to draw near to his disciples then, he has time to come close to you today. Friends encourage one another. Jesus is your friend. You can cast all your discouragements on him because he cares for you. that Jesus is always there, and there first. Just knowing Consider this idea: Early one morning, go to your favorite restaurant and have breakfast with Jesus. When you sit down and open your Bible, you will discover along with the disciples, that is encouraging enough!

Read encouraging Bible verses at your tent of meeting.

Add this one to your list of favorite encouraging Bible verses

For I know the plans for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

Author: Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com

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One more thing - I like to copy my best encouraging Bible verses in a journal. When I'm discouraged I re-read them. Do you have a list of encouragement quotes? You could start that list today.

Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:

1. Which of the above encouraging Bible verses helped you the most?

2. Share encouragement quotes from God that have helped you.

3. What encouraged you about Jesus' meeting with his disciples?

4. Do you have a time and place when you meet with Jesus? How would a "breakfast with Jesus" encourage you?

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