Since reading through the New Testament for the first time in about 5 years I’ve come across a few verses I forgot about…or maybe never even noticed! Most of them applied to my life directly. I had several “Woah, okay I’m listening” moments with God. I thought if they applied to me, maybe someone else could benefit from reading them too. So here ya go!
Matthew 18:7 ” Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! “
The KJV Bible says, ” …woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” I took this verse two ways: we should make sure our actions don’t cause another to stumble in their walk and that we should make sure we don’t purposefully hurt another. We are here to hold each other accountable and to build each other up, not to be a set back to growth.
Acts 17:26 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands”
We are where we are because God put us here. Think about that. You were born in the country you are in, at the exact time in history, because God had a plan for you. He set your time on Earth.
Romans 5:6 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Jesus died at just the right time. It wasn’t a last minute choice. It was a thoroughly thought out and precisely executed plan. Don’t you think the story of your life is too? If you aren’t where you want to be, or things haven’t gone your way, maybe it’s because it just isn’t time yet.
Galatians 5:26 “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
In this age of social media, it’s so hard to not see another’s life or things and want it. We all know we shouldn’t be envious, but we are told to take it one step further. We’re not supposed to MAKE another jealous on purpose. He’s not saying don’t have nice things, but to not flaunt them with the intent of sparking jealousy in another.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,”
We are called to be our brothers keeper, but some things should be left between God and the individual.
2 Timothy 2:16 “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.”
The NLT Bible says ” Avoid worthless, foolish talk .” This one hit me hard. I get caught up in gossip just like the next human. But the Bible calls it worthless talk! That quote is true, ” Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
Hebrews 13:17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”
This applies to spiritual leaders, but I also feel it should remind us to respect our government authority as well. The Bible instructs us to obey our leaders unless they contradict the Bible. We should pray for their success not their failures (even if they are not on our political side), because that would not benefit us.
James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
I’m hot headed like my mother. Oh how I wish I was like both my fathers and could just be chill. When I get in an argument or disagreement I basically dominate the conversation. More than once I’ve been told to be quiet so the other could speak. Nothing gets resolved if only one person speaks and words can’t be taken back, so don’t say something you will regret.
2 Timothy 2:23 “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”
I use to get involved in Facebook debates over politics, raising children, and religion. Then I realized that it was pointless. It doesn’t help the issue by getting into a keyboard battle. All it did was cause an argument. God was preparing us for the social media age back in Biblical times y’all!
Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Our words are more important than we realize. So we should chose them wisely!
When I was talking to my husband about this post he brought up how the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it” applies to reading through the Bible more than once. It’s almost impossible to remember it all, especially if you aren’t keeping it fresh in your mind and heart! I learned my lesson.
Have you ever reread a verse you don’t remember? Did you know all of these? What verses could you add?
All verses are NIV unless otherwise stated