Whether it is learning to love a little better, learning to trust a little better, or just a way to let scripture guide your daily life, meditating on certain Bible verses will certainly transform the way you think and act. Studies have often shown how it takes 21 days to create a new behavior or to change a pattern of behaviors, so why not start today and meditate on these scriptures for the next three weeks?
Bible verses on the nature of God
- Isaiah 41:10 “So 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.” An amazing word of encouragement to Israel.
- Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” The LORD speaking to Joshua showing how He provides strength and fulfills His promises.
- Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”
- John 3:16-17 “16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” This well-known verse from John reminds us of God’s heart for us and his plan to redeem us.
- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 “1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
- Matthew 22:32 “’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Jesus, quoting Exodus to show the Sadducees a better understanding of who God is.
- 1 Cor 13:4-7 “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” What is Love? These fourteen aphorisms by Paul, seem to provide a thorough understanding of the what love is and how to achieve it.
Bible verses about where our hope is placed
- Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit is on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, 18yet I will exult in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!” Not as well known as many desperate prayers of the psalmists, this poem in Habakkuk reminds us there is always room for praising God.
- Psalm 25:5 “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
- 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
- James 1:2-3 “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
- Matthew 6:26-27 “26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
- Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. The Greek word here ptochos has so much depth in regards to “poor”, meaning someone who in this context is absolutely destitute and at the end of their rope spiritually.
- Hebrews 7:27-28 “27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.”
Bible verses about how we move forward
- 1 Peter 1:15-16 “15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
- 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek out the LORD and His strength; seek His face always”
- Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
- Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
- 1 Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
- Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Paul reminding us how we occupy our minds will affect our actions and in turn, our circumstances.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “ 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”
If you haven’t committed many scriptures to memory, maybe start with some of the Bible verses listed here. Try studying or meditating on these verses for the next 21 days and see what changes you notice. We hope they bring you encouragement and help you guide your thoughts on things that are excellent and praiseworthy.