85 Most Inspirational and Encouraging Bible Verses You’ll Love

by Sister McCook

Reading the Bible can be a challenge at times.

There are so many different books, chapters, and verses to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start.

You might feel like some of the Bible is inaccessible or even irrelevant to your life in these times. However, this simply isn’t true.

The Bible is an extremely inspirational book filled with truths that have changed people’s lives.

These scriptures are perfect for anyone who is looking to be encouraged, uplifted, and reminded of what matters most in life.

The following passages will inspire you, challenge you, and possibly even change you forever!

1. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

This is a promise that God will hear us and answer our prayers when we turn to Him. We see from this verse that humility and prayer are essential if we want to see God’s blessing in our lives. 

2. 2 Timothy 1:7-8

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, – 2 Timothy 1:7-8

We should not be controlled by our fears. Instead, we should let God’s love and power work through us.

We shouldn’t be ashamed of the Gospel or of being Christians. Instead, we should be proud to suffer for what we believe in because we know that, in the end, God will give us the victory.

3. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6

This encourages us to be brave and not to fear.

The verse reminds us that God is with us and will never leave us alone.

This is a comforting message for anyone who feels scared or alone, and it reminds us that we can always rely on God’s help.

4. Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, – Ephesians 3:20

God has all the power and he is working within us.

This verse reminds us that we need to trust in God and his power because he is able to do far more than we could ever imagine.

5. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

This verse from Isaiah is often cited as a source of comfort and encouragement.

The promise that God will be with us and help us through difficult times is reassuring, and the image of God’s “righteous right hand” upholding us is powerful.

This verse reminds us that we are never alone and that God is always there to help us.

What a wonderful source of comfort this can be in times of trouble!

6. Isaiah 41:13

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you. – Isaiah 41:13

Whatever situation we find ourselves in, we can rest assured that God is holding our hand and will help us through it.

This verse is a reminder of His faithfulness and His love for us.

7. Lamentations 3:22-23

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

No matter how dark and difficult our circumstances may be, God’s love for us is never-ending.

His mercies are new every morning, and He is faithful to His promises.

8. Matthew 17:20

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. – Matthew 17:20

If we have even a small amount of faith, we can accomplish great things.

The mustard seed is a very small seed, but it grows into a large plant.

In the same way, our faith may seem small, but it can produce big results.

This verse also teaches us that we can ask God to do the impossible.

We may not be able to move a mountain on our own, but with God’s help, nothing is impossible.

When we pray in faith, believing that God can do anything, he will work miracles in our lives.

9. Matthew 6:31–34

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:31–34

We should put God first in our lives and trust that He will take care of us.

We don’t need to worry about tomorrow because God is already taking care of us today.

This is a great reminder for us when we start to feel anxious about our lives.

We can trust that God has everything under control.

10. Philippians 4:6–7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6–7

We can bring our worries and concerns to God in prayer, and He will give us His peace in return.

This peace is not always easy to understand, but it will guard our hearts and minds nonetheless.

We can be confident that God hears our prayers and He will answer in His perfect timing.

11. Proverbs 3:5–6

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

We should not only have faith in the Lord’s character and His ability to take care of us, but we should also trust His will for our lives.

We may not always understand what He is doing, but we can be confident that He knows what is best for us.

12. Psalm 27:1

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

God is our protector and strength and because God is our stronghold, we have no reason to be afraid.

No matter what challenges we face in life, we can always find strength and security in God.

13. Psalm 34:4–5

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4–5

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

No matter what we are facing, we can always turn to God for help.

He is always ready and willing to answer our prayers and give us the strength we need to overcome our fears.

14. Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

God wants us to be joyful and at peace, and that He will give us the power to have hope.

This hope will help us to overcome any trials or obstacles we may face.

15. Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

Even though things may not seem good at the moment, God is ultimately in control and working for our good.

This doesn’t mean that everything will always turn out the way we want it to – but it does mean that we can trust God to have our best interests at heart.

Short encouraging bible verses

16. 1 Chronicles 16:11

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11

This is a great reminder for us to keep God at the forefront of our lives and to seek His presence continually.

When we do this, we will find the strength and encouragement we need to face whatever life throws our way.

17. 2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7

We don’t have to be afraid because God has given us the power to love and serve others.

He has also given us self-control so that we can use our gifts and talents for His glory.

18. John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

This is one of the most well-known Bible verses and for good reason.

It reminds us that no matter how bad things seem, God loves us and has a plan for our lives.

19. Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

This is a great reminder that we can do anything with God’s help.

No matter how difficult our challenges may be, God will give us the strength we need to overcome them.

20. Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. – Proverbs 10:12

Love is more powerful than hate.

No matter how much someone may wrong us, we can choose to love them and forgive them.

21. Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. – Proverbs 18:10

God is our protector.

Regardless of what we are facing, we can always find safety in Him.

22. Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

Trusting in God, even when we don’t understand what He is doing is very important for us.

He knows what is best for us and even though we may not always see it, we can trust that He is working everything out for our good.

Learning when and how to wait on Him is how we strengthen our faith.

23. Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3

Even when we are afraid, we can trust in God.

He is always with us and will never leave us alone to face our fears.

24. Psalms 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalms 136:1

We should be thankful for all that God has done for us.

He is good and His love for us is everlasting.

25. Psalms 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4

When we make God our priority, He will bless us with everything we strive for and desire.

He knows what is best for us and will provide us with what we need to achieve our goals.

Bible verses about encouraging others

26. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Even when we don’t see the results of our labor right away, we can trust that God is using us to further His kingdom.

Our work is never in vain when we are serving Him.

27. 2 Timothy 1:7 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7 

When we are serving God, we don’t need to be afraid.

He gives us the power to do what He has called us to do and that is to love and serve others while glorifying Him.

28. Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25

We are called to encourage one another and build each other up in love.

This is especially important as we see the day of Christ’s return drawing near.

29. Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Waiting on the Lord can be hard, but it is worth it.

When we wait on Him, He will renew our strength and give us the ability to do what He has called us to do.

30. John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

31. Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. – Proverbs 18:10

32. Psalm 31:24

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! – Psalm 31:24

33. Romans 15:2

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. – Romans 15:2

34. Romans 15:5

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, – Romans 15:5

35. Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

Encouraging Bible verses about hope

36. 1 Peter 5:10

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

37. 1 Timothy 4:10

For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:10

38. 2 Corinthians 4:18

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18

39. Jeremiah 17:7

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. – Jeremiah 17:7

40. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

41. Proverbs 23:18

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:18

42. Psalm 147:11

But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. – Psalm 147:11

43. Psalm 16:9

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. – Psalm 16:9

44. Psalm 62:5-6

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, – Psalm 62:5-6

for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

45. Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12

Encouraging Bible verses for women

46. 1 Corinthians 11-12

For just as woman came from man, so man is born of woman; but all things are from God – 1 Corinthians 11-12

47. 1 Timothy 3:11

Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. – 1 Timothy 3:11

48. Luke 1:45

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. – Luke 1:45

49. Proverbs 11:16

A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches. – Proverbs 11:16

50. Proverbs 3:15

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. – Proverbs 3:15

51. Proverbs 31:16-17

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. – Proverbs 31:16-17

52. Proverbs 31:20-21

She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. – Proverbs 31:20-21

53. Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30

54. Psalm 46:5

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. – Psalm 46:5

55. Psalm 139:14

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:14

Encouraging Bible verses for men

56. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

57. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

58. 1 Timothy 4:8

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8

59. 2 Corinthians 4:16

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16

60. Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, – Ephesians 5:25

61. Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

62. Luke 10:27

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

63. Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity blessed are his children after him! – Proverbs 20:7

64. Proverbs 24:5-6

A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. – Proverbs 24:5-6

65. Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

Encouraging Bible verses for hope in hard times

66. 1 Chronicles 16:11 

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11 

67. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

68. Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. – Exodus 15:2

69. Habakkuk 3:19

God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. – Habakkuk 3:19

70. Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. – Isaiah 12:2

71. Isaiah 40:29

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. – Isaiah 40:29

72. Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

73. Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. – Psalm 28:7

74. Psalm 46:1 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1 

75. Psalm 59:9-10

O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress; the God of my mercy shall prevent me from being moved. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 59:9-10

Encouraging Bible Verses About Having Strength During Hard Times

76. 1 Peter 1:6-7

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:6-7

77. 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

78. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

79. Mark 9:23

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23

80. Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

81. Psalm 25:5

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. – Psalm 25:5

82. Psalm 32:7-8 

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:7-8 

83. Psalm 9:9-10

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:9-10

84. Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18

85. Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

What is the most encouraging Psalm in the Bible?

While there are many encouraging Psalms in the Bible, one of the most comforting is Psalm 46.

This Psalm begins with a declaration that God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

It goes on to say that we need not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.

Even if the waters rage and foam and the mountains tremble with their surging, we will not be afraid.

The Lord Almighty is with us, He is our fortress.

This Psalm reassures us that no matter what storms we face in life, God is always with us and will never leave us alone.

This is also a good Psalm for hope.

What could be more encouraging than that?

Summary

Many people find comfort and strength in the Bible.

It is full of inspiring and encouraging verses that can provide guidance and wisdom in our lives. 

Just as plants need sunlight and water to grow, so too do we need encouragement to thrive.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of inspiring bible verses that can provide the nourishment we need to lead fulfilling lives.

Here are just a few of the many verses that have the power to change our lives for the better:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

“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

“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

These are just a few of the many verses that can inspire us and change our lives.

If you’re looking for guidance or strength, turn to the Bible.

You’ll find what you need.

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