Day to day life can be difficult. We all struggle with anxiety, fear and maintaining hope in an oftentimes desperate world. No matter where you are in life there are several inspiring Bible verses that can instantly lift you up. All verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise stated.
Anxiety is often defined as excessive worry or uneasiness. Anxiety may come in many forms. We worry about jobs and are concerned about our families. Excessive anxiety may even affect our physical health.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. – Psalm 94:19
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. – John 14:1
Hope is a confident expectation. It is not only a desire, but an expectation of something to come. Hope is an essential aspect of our day to day lives. Having hope gives us the strength to carry on through difficult circumstances.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.- Psalm 119:114
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Faith is having a total confidence or trust in someone else. It's important to have faith that circumstances will improve. It's most important to have faith that God will intervene on our behalf.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2: 8,9
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
Death is the end of this life as we know it. Whether it's the death of a loved one or your own mortality, this is something we all will eventually have to face.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25,26
…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. – Ecclesiastes 12:7
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Patience is the ability to endure trouble or suffering. It's also the ability to wait for good things to happen in their proper time. The world around us moves at dizzying speed. Many people expect instant gratification. Increasing our patience is something we all should strive for.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
Anger is feeling frustrated toward a person or a situation. Anger is usually associated with feelings that someone is treating you unfairly. It's so easy to lose our temper and lash out at those around us.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, – James 1:19, 20
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, – Ephesians 4:26
Fear is the thought that something bad or painful is going to happen. There is fear of having health problems, fear of relationships ending, and fear of losing our jobs. Fear is closely related to worry and anxiety.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 (KJV)
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 27:1
Peace is something the world is continually striving for, though we often fail to find it. We experience peace when we feel inner fulfillment and well-being. We all long for peace, both internally and externally.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
Feeling discouraged, disappointed or unhappy are all forms of sadness. Sadness is an inevitable aspect of life. We can find, however, inspiration and comfort even in the midst of the deepest sadness.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, – 2 Corinthians 1:3
Love is generally defined as intense emotion and deep affection. However, Biblical love is usually thought of as action. There are many types of love. There is romantic love, friendship love and most of all, love from God.
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.- Song of Solomon 8:7
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8
Whether you're looking for comfort during sadness, hope in a time of discouragement or peace that transcends all understanding, the Bible provides comfort for every situation.