Hi everyone,

I told you earlier that I would have a faithful Friday post up for you, so I had to keep true to my word! I wanted to share my ten favorite Bible verses with you guys. Along with why I love them and how I interpreted them. If you’re interested in how I mark my favorite Bible verses, check out this post.

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10. “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but twenty-seven times.”” – Matthew 18:21-22

When I first read this verse, it really hit me hard. I have had trouble with forgiving people in the past, sometimes words or actions can cut very deep. However, when I read this over and over, I finally understood the importance of forgiveness and how that frees me to be a better person.

9. “So we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” – 1 John 4:16

I think that for some, including myself in the past, it is hard to realize how much God loves us, especially when we are going through something difficult to deal with. This verse really smacked me in the face when I read it. It really brought out a reminder to me that as long as we believe that God has love for us, we have nothing else to worry about. Not all things that happen in life are good, and that is just how life goes. However, through those hard times, we need to put our love in God and we need to trust in Him to guide us through.

8. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” – 2 Peter 1:5-9

When I first read this verse, I was very confused, I had to read through it multiple times and dig through the footnotes to really get the context behind this verse. It spoke to me by saying that as long as you are possessing and trying to cultivate the qualities listed above, that you are doing your job. However, the moment you stop trying to cultivate and grow these qualities,you are putting your faith on the back-burner. I think that it means that you are being more superficial about your love for Jesus, when you love for Him has to run deep. You have to be growing it every day and working on it and working on yourself.

7. “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

This verse really reminded me of the ‘golden rule’, how you should always treat people how you want to be treated. This verse is right, you can say anything that you would like, however, those things may not be helpful to a person. If you aren’t speaking up to be helpful or to build someone up, why are you speaking in the first place? It really reminds you that if you have nothing nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all.

6. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2

I think that I first read this verse when I was having a hard day and it really made me feel as though I wasn’t alone. I may be fighting a fight that is hard, but God is with me every day through that fight and He will always be right by my side, holding my hand and helping me through it. That was an important reminder for me.

5. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

I actually loved this verse far before I got into studying the Bible. This verse always reminded me that you have to have faith and if not in God, than in something. Have faith that you are walking down the right path, have faith that you are in a certain situation for a reason. After beginning to study the Bible, it became a lot more important to me. It reminded me to always remember that I am being guided on the path that I am supposed to be on, and I need to keep my faith in that.

4. “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.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

I really think that this ties in with the two above verses. I think that it is so important that throughout the Bible we get messages to always rely on God and to always have faith in Him. This one is no different to me. This one really reminds me to not lean on my own understanding though, and the message that I got from that was to make sure that I am always trying to dig deeper into His words through the Bible.

3. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

I actually found this verse after searching for verses about pregnancy. Something about this verse just stuck with me and gave me comfort.

2.  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34

I have always had feelings of anxiety here and there, as everyone does. However, when I moved out on my own, that anxiety really grew, as I expected it to. You have a lot more responsibility, more freedom, and you only have yourself to fall back on. That really caused my anxiety to grow and this verse being in my daily devotional app really spoke to me. I think it was one of the first ones that I had gotten off of the app and I truly believe that God put it in that app for me on that day. It really helped to remind me that I should leave my anxiety behind, I need to worry about today, focus on the second, minute, hour that I am in and not be so stressed about what is ahead.

1.  “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” – Proverbs 16:24

This verse was posted on an Instagram page of a girl that I follow, she does beautiful Bible journaling and when I read the verse, I was just so taken aback. Again, it is similar to a lot of the other verses I have posted above, but I have always felt like words can cut very deep. This verse is such a good reminder to be gracious in all you do, especially in your words. You never know who is listening or who’s feelings you may hurt, so it is best to be gracious in all things that you do.

What are some of your favorite verses? What is your favorite way to study the Bible? Please, share them below and join in on the conversation! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more frequent updates!

LoveMariah