Encouraging Bible Verses & Christian Quotes - What does the Bible say about encouragement? What are the parables and proverbs we can look to for courage and strength in times of darkness and grief?

Despair and anxiety have always been an intrinsic part of life on Earth. In times of darkness, Christians have sought the encouraging words of scripture to provide strength, wisdom, and guidance about the love and truth of God. We are reminded of the goodness of God and this world when we seek counsel and encouragement from the Bible.

God gives us a reason for the discouragement we see in the world and ourselves. This was the possibility that arose from our God-given free-will. We have the divine power to chose what we do and believe. Despite the misfortunes we may experience, there is always an opportunity to choose love and rise above resentment and fear. The Bible was created to remind us of such truth and to encourage us to believe in the goodness of life and God.

To assist you in finding biblical encouragement, we have gathered this collection of encouraging Bible verses you can reflect upon to grow your faith in Christ. May these inspirational Bible verses and quotes help you to rekindle the strength of your spirit and warmth of your heart. You will find the following verse topics of encouragement:

Encouraging Bible Verses about Strength

Philippians 4:13

Philippians 4:13 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

Isaiah 41:10 ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

 

Isaiah 40:31 ESV

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

 

Exodus 15:2 ESV

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

 

Ephesians 6:10 ESV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

 

Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV

For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Joshua 1:9 ESV

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

Isaiah 12:2 ESV 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

 

Matthew 11:28 ESV

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

Isaiah 40:29 ESV

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

 

Psalm 27:1 ESV

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

Psalm 31:24 ESV

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

 

Psalm 73:26 ESV

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

Mark 12:30 ESV

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

 

Nehemiah 8:10 ESV

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

Psalm 46:1 ESV

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Habakkuk 3:19 ESV

God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

 

Psalm 29:11 ESV

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

John 16:33 ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 

1 Peter 4:11 ESV

Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Matthew 6:33 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

Psalm 23:4 ESV

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

2 Timothy 4:17 ESV

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

 

Psalm 118:14 ESV

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

 

 

Comforting Bible Verses about Love

1 Corinthians 13:4

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

 

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Let all that you do be done in love.

 

1 John 4:8 ESV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

John 13:34-35 ESV

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

 

Colossians 3:14 ESV

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

 

1 Peter 4:8 ESV

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

 

John 15:13 ESV

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

 

Mark 12:29-31 ESV

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Romans 5:8 ESV

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Ephesians 4:2 ESV

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

 

Proverbs 17:17 ESV

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

 

Romans 12:9 ESV

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

 

1 John 4:16 ESV

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

Luke 6:35 ESV

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

 

1 John 3:1 ESV

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Romans 13:8 ESV

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

 

Romans 12:10 ESV

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Inspirational Bible Verses about Faith

Matthew 21:21-22

Matthew 21:21-22 ESV

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

 

Romans 10:17 ESV

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

 

Hebrews 11:6 ESV

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

 

Hebrews 11:1 ESV

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

Mark 11:22-24 ESV

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

 

James 2:19 ESV

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

 

Luke 1:37 ESV

For nothing will be impossible with God.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

 

1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Romans 15:32 ESV

So that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

 

Colossians 1:11 ESV

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

 

Psalm 5:11 ESV

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

 

Hebrews 12:2 ESV

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Psalm 30:11 ESV

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

 

1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

Uplifting Scriptures for Depression

John 14:27

John 14:27 ESV

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

 

Romans 15:13 ESV 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

Romans 12:12 ESV

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

 

James 1:2 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

 

Philippians 4:4 ESV

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

 

Galatians 5:22 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

John 16:24 ESV

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

Proverbs 17:22 ESV

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 

1 Peter 1:8 ESV

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

 

John 16:22 ESV

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

 

Psalm 118:24 ESV 

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Psalm 16:11 ESV

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

John 15:11 ESV

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

Psalm 30:5 ESV

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

 

Psalm 16:9 ESV

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

 

Psalm 4:7 ESV

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Proverbs 10:28 ESV

The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

 

Isaiah 55:12 ESV

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

Luke 15:10 ESV

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Encouraging Christian Quotes about Life and God

Encouraging Christian Quotes

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” –Billy Graham

“Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.” –Lysa Terkeurst

“If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan

"If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!" –D.L. Moody

“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” –John MacArthur

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot."  –Eleanor Roosevelt

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." –Abraham Lincoln

“Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities God has for your life.” –Charles Stanley

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." –Helen Keller

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” –Chuck Swindoll

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” –Mother Teresa

“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.” –Matt Chandler

"Continuous effort -- not strength nor intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential." –Winston Churchill

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” –John Piper

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” –John Piper

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us” –Augustine

“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” –Max Lucado

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” –Hudson Taylor

“God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go.”  –Tony Evans

 

 

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