Through the years, and through various circumstances, I gradually grew away from the Church. Despite having done so, however, I have always found the Bible to be a good instructional tool and I have found many thought-provoking and inspiring passages between its covers. My mother and I often discuss and debate our thoughts and beliefs, and I believed that there were messages in the Bible that were important enough to discuss with my children.
Regardless of your faith or beliefs, there are many inspirational verses in the Bible. Passages that can help to inspire courage, faith, positive behaviors and that can grant us strength in dealing with the every day trials of life. Here are some bible verses that are inspirational to me. I hope that they might also help to inspire you:
Something Everyone Should Follow
Yes, I’ve heard all the pacifist flower child jokes, but I’ve always found a strong desire in my heart to treat all people in a good and fair manner. Even as a child, I was kind-spirited and never understood the children who were deliberately hurtful to others. I’ve always tried to teach my family to try and keep an open mind and an open heart when dealing with others, even if you don’t always understand their ways. Of course, this doesn’t mean letting people walk on you but, rather, be courteous enough to treat others in a way that you, yourself, would like to be treated. This Bible quote sums it up perfectly:
“The entire law is summed up in a single command:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.
“If you keep on biting and devouring each other,
watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
– Galatians 5:14-15
Two Lessons in One
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9
I’ve always found two important lessons in this one simple passage. In the first half of the passage, we are reminded not to tire of doing good things – a positive message, I believe, that we all need reminding of from time to time. As the passage continues, however, it tells us that “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” This turns the passage into an inspirational quote about the need for patience and persistence. Good things will come if we continue our tasks – in this case, doing good things. I’ve always found this one especially good because it reminds me of the old saying, “Good things come to those who wait.” Instead of leaving us waiting, this one seems to say “Good things come to those who work at doing good things.” A very positive message indeed!
Bible Verses to Inspire Kindness
There are two memories that stand out in my mind, when I think of this next inspirational Bible quote. The first one occurred when I was fairly young and went to Detroit with friends of the family. We had gotten some ice cream and were eating it on the way back to the car, when we saw a homeless man digging through a trashcan. The rest of the group started to give him a wide berth and tried to ignore him, but I was visibly shaken by seeing him digging through the garbage. What bothered me most wasn’t the teasing that I got from the family, asking if I was going to give him my ice cream cone, but the fact that our friends would make light of someone’s circumstances… and I regretted not having the courage to, in fact, offer it to him. It wouldn’t have been much, but it would have been something.
The second memory was when I was in my late 20’s and I went shopping, with my mother, in Flint, MI. As we left a store, a woman came up to my car window and knocked on it, asking if I had any money I could spare – She had to get diapers, she said, and didn’t have enough money. Without thought, I pulled $10 out of my purse and gave it to her. Why? Perhaps because I was a mother, myself, and knew what it was like to struggle.
“She’s probably just going to use it to buy drugs or booze,” my mother scolded me. “You shouldn’t have given her that.” Maybe she was right but, as I argued with my mother, how did I know she didn’t need diapers? Was it up to me to judge her? Ultimately, in the end, I put myself in the woman’s shoes and thought that – if I ever reached a point where I would have to ask for help – that there would be someone who would be kind enough to simply give me the money and trust that I would use it for the right thing.
My mother often made me memorize Psalms and this one stands out in my mind: “He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.” – Proverbs 14:21
Is that what made me give the woman the money? No…I doubt it was anything so grand, but I did feel happier for helping her. It feels good to be able to help people when they need it.
Beautiful Traits In Bible Verses
If you asked me what I found attractive in people, one of the top things that I would mention (next to eyes – I love pretty eyes) would certainly be honesty. I’ve known a lot of terribly dishonest and unloyal people and it really troubles me when I encounter them. Why? Some people will lie about the color of the sky, just because they think they can.
“Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people”
– Proverbs 11:3
“Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.”
– Proverbs 19:22
There’s really nothing more I can say about these two passages, as I really believe they speak for themselves – Honesty and loyalty are good, positive traits. Traits that make you attractive to others. Dishonesty leads you down the wrong path and leads to bad things. Pretty simple actually.
Another positive passage is one that I often need to remind myself of, as I’ve long been a loner who was content to be on my own and do my own thing. The saying is true, though – that there is strength in unity. Working together and helping one another, we can accomplish great things. I’ve found this particular passage to be a good reminder when I find myself being overly determined to be independent and struggle through things myself:
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Religion and Belief
As you may have noticed, my chosen passages are not some of the more obvious Bible quotes, nor are they what many would consider to be overly religious, even though they came from the Bible. The reason for this is because I do not consider myself a Christian but, rather, one who studies and incorporates many different religious beliefs into my own. I enjoy discussing faith and beliefs with all manner of people and I always approach others with an open mind and an open heart. I find it interesting to learn about what other people believe and I honestly think the world would be a better place if more people took the time to stop and listen to their neighbor.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
– Hebrew 11:1
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8