Inspirational quotes in the Bible
It’s important not to view God as a cosmic motivational speaker whose only aim is to inspire us and make us feel good about ourselves. He is our heavenly Father, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He deserves all of the praise.
This is the God who makes the prophet Isaiah say “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5) This being said, we can and should be inspired by the things that are in the Bible.
The Lord wants to strengthen, comfort, guide, and delight us. The important thing to remember is that it is not in our own merit that we should be encouraged. We should never walk away from our Bible time thinking “Wow, I’m pretty great.” But rather, we should take the position of Isaiah and mourn our unholiness, only to be quickly comforted by God, who sent Jesus to be our righteousness.
We can be inspired by the Bible by Christ’s merit. His goodness finds no end for all eternity, so we will find no end to the inspiration found in God’s Word.
Bible quotes that will give you strength
One role of Christ in our lives is to give us strength. These verses tell us that the Lord uses suffering for good, He is with us always, and we can do hard things by the power of His Spirit. We should be grateful that we don’t have to rely on our own strength, but we can trust in the strength of God forever.
1. “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.” -2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
2. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
3. “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” -Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT
4. “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”-Romans 5:3-5 ESV
5. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.” -Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV
6. “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” -2 Timothy 4:16-18 NIV
Christ gives us comfort in difficult times. Not only does God give us strength to overcome difficulties, He also cares for us in the midst of them. He not only raised Lazarus from the dead, but He also wept with Mary. The Lord is not blind to our sufferings, but He is a very present help during them. It can be difficult to trust the Lord when you are going through a hard time, so I hope these verses help you to trust Him more.
7. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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 23:3-4 KJV
8. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” -Isaiah 43:2 NIV
9. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3 ESV
10. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV
11. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” -1 Peter 5:10 ESV
12. “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:6-7 ESV
Bible quotes that will increase your faith
Jesus is the object of our faith, so verses about His character help build our faith in Him. We’ll never run out of wonderful things to learn about our Savior, even all of the books in the world could not contain His majesty! We have a sure and steady foundation; a King who holds all things together. Our faith is established and sustained by the Lord, not our own effort. You can trust in Him.
13. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” -Colossians 1:15-20 ESV
14. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:1-5 ESV
15. “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” -Revelation 5:1-5 NIV
16. “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day. He saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old. Have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” -John 8:56-58 MEV
17. “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” -Ezekiel 34:11-16 NIV
18. “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” -John 17:1-5 NIV
Scriptures that will inspire you to love others.
Christ is our ultimate example of what it looks like to love others. He is the perfect Servant, Friend, and Teacher. We can be inspired to love others better by remembering how Jesus loved people while He was here on earth, and how He continues to pour out His love now.
19. “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” -John 13:12-15 NIV
20. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35 NIV
21. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45 NIV
22. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.You are my friends if you do what I command you.No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” -John 15:13-17 ESV
23. “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” -John 13:1 NIV
24. “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” -1 John 4:19-21 ESV
Bible verses to live by daily
Jesus wants us to be with Him always, not just sometimes! One of the most exciting things about being a believer is dedicating our daily lives to the Lord. We can live for Jesus today! I hope these verses inspire you to do so. You have such a wonderful purpose in Him. You get to be loved by Him in the present, and you get to help bring His kingdom to Earth through your daily life!
25. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17 ESV
26. “Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” -Colossians 3:1-4 BSB
27. “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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
28. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” -Isaiah 6:8 ESV
29. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” -Philippians 1:21 NIV
Choose God over sin
Part of living our daily lives for God is confessing, repenting, and turning away from our sins. This can feel like an impossible feat. The great news is that Jesus is working in us to sanctify and grow us daily! He has freed you from slavery to sin, now we must rely on Him daily to help us fight against it. God is the fulfiller of our every need and the source of our joy. We can enjoy God more than we enjoy sin, with His help.
30. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.For sin shall no longer be your master,because you are not under the law, but under grace.” -Romans 6:11-15 NIV
31. “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” -1 John 2:1-3 NLT
32. “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20 CSB
33. “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” -Psalm 63:3 ESV
34. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” -Romans 8:11 NIV
35. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” -Galatians 5:16-18 NIV
36. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
37. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” -2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ESV
Motivation to help you to pray more.
The Most Holy God wants to have daily fellowship with you through prayer! How beautiful! However, we often find it hard to apply this wonderful privilege to our lives. Prayer is an absolute necessity. We rely on God through our prayers, we get to know His character more, and we spend time with Him. We find guidance and strength in prayer, and we get to be a part of His redemptive work in the world! We need our Father. We were not meant to brave this world alone. I hope these verses encourage you to pray more!
38. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” -John 15:7 ESV
39. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:16 NIV
40. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” -Luke 18:1-8 NIV
41. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” -Colossians 4:2 ESV
42. “But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.” -Matthew 6:6-8 CSB
43. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” -Romans 12:12 ESV
44. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” -1 John 5:14-15 NIV
45. “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” -Romans 8:26-27 NLT
The importance of community and fellowship.
As believers, we are a part of a family spanning thousands of years, ethnicities, and life-situations. Because we know Jesus, we are a part of His body. We should bless and encourage other Christians, and be poured into by others as well. The local church is an essential part of our lives as believers, as well as regular fellowship. If you’re not currently part of a community of believers, don’t despair. It can be hard to find people to do life with. I hope these verses encourage you to not give up in your pursuit.
46. “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was soldand laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” -Acts 4:32-25 ESV
47. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
48. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV
49. “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17 CSB
50. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” -Colossians 3:12-13 ESV
We’ll never come to the end of the encouragement and inspiration the Bible offers. All of scripture points to Christ (John 5:39), so we can get to know Him better by being in the Word. We must remember that the Bible leads us to humble ourselves, seeing Christ as better than all things and us insufficient to do what He has done. This is great news. We can rest and live and die in Christ, being upheld by His perfect merit. I hope these verses encourage you and the Spirit illuminates the inspiration that you need.