Bible Verses For Strength

Life isn’t easy. We often go through times of suffering, or see friends and family suffer. It’s during hard times that we need to seek the Lord and the strength that only he can provide. I know that’s easier said than done, but throughout the Bible, we see how God gives strength to his people when they need it the most. Here are some of my favourite Bible verses for strength:

Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

This verse is part of the song of Moses and is a great example of praise. We can be encouraged that the Lord doesn’t just give strength, he is our strength. Moses also recognises that we can’t save ourselves. Instead, God becomes our salvation.

1 Chronicles 16:11

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Seeking the Lord is just one of the ways we can worship and glorify him. David wants to praise God for what he has done, just as Moses did.

Psalm 18:32

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

David knows who gave him strength to be triumphant – God. He gave him what he needed and kept him on the right path. God does the same for us.

Psalm 28:7-8

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

David praises God, who has become his strength and his shield. We too can endure life’s hardships through the strength that God gives us.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

David acknowledges that God, who has complete power and authority, gives strength to us. Not only that, but we can take comfort in how he blesses us with peace.

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

The psalmist begins Psalm 46 by talking about his experience in times of difficulty. God wasn’t far away, but was ever-present, and only he could provide refuge and strength; there was no third party involved.

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

We are weak. Our earthly bodies will perish. The psalmist recognises this and says God’s strength will endure and last forever.

Psalm 105:4

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

We are called to not only seek the Lord himself, but to seek his strength. As we seek him, we receive strength.

Psalm 118:14

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Here, the psalmist quotes the song of Moses from Exodus 15:2. When God is our strength, we look to him for comfort and satisfaction. When God is our salvation, we can trust that we are forgiven and saved by grace.

Psalm 119:28

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

The psalmist is troubled and feels that he has no strength within himself. He responds by praying for strength that would come from God’s word. Perhaps we should consider following this example.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah explains how great our God is and reveals that he gives strength to the weak. We can’t be proud and claim that we don’t need strength, because deep down, we know that we do. In order to receive it, we simply need to hope in the Lord. He will give us the strength to keep going, to move forwards, and to glorify him.

1 Corinthians 1:8-9

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even in hard times, God will sustain you to the end. Though the Corinthian church had problems, Paul could be confident that they’ll be presented blameless because God is faithful.

1 Corinthians 1:25

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

God was at his most weakest at the cross, yet it was still stronger than anything anyone could ever do.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I usually quote the NIV, but I love the way the NKJV (New King James Version) puts this verse. Paul has learnt to be content in every situation and this is only possible through the strength Jesus gives. Note that he isn’t saying he can achieve anything. Rather, Jesus has enabled him to be content, even in times of suffering.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Paul was confident in God’s power to protect us from the evil one because of his faithfulness to his people.

Bible Verses About Faith

Faith is often hard to describe. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, faith is:

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something
  2. Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof

But what does the Bible say about it? Here are some of my favourite Bible verses about faith:

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Notice the similarities between this definition and the two above. Just as we see things with our eyes that are visible, faith is like seeing the invisible, spiritual side of the world.

Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

None of us saw the world being made – we only know of it by faith. We trust that God spoke the world into being (Psalm 33:9). This verse also confirms that God made the world out of nothing.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We must believe in God and that he reveals himself to us, through the faith that we have. If we don’t have faith, we simply cannot please God.

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

In line with Hebrews 11:1, the Apostle Paul says faith should be part of our everyday lives. True faith helps us to live for a God we’ve never seen.

James 2:26

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

If we have genuine faith in Jesus, it will be accompanied by good deeds. It’s not that we’re saved by works, but rather, if there are none, do we have the right kind of faith?

Romans 1:17

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

The righteousness that we have only comes through faith in Jesus. This faith, or trust, is the basis for how we live. We are not only saved by faith, but we live by faith.

Romans 3:21-22

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Notice that we cannot earn righteousness by doing good things, as it is apart from the law. We do not earn righteousness by having faith, we receive it through faith in Jesus.

Romans 10:17

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Where does faith come from? Hearing the gospel. At the time Paul was writing, most people relied more on hearing rather than reading. While most people now grow up learning to read, it’s still important to speak of the Christian message, so that they might have faith for themselves.

Galatians 3:26

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

To be a child of God is truly astounding. It means God loves us and cares for us, just as a father cares for his children. This special relationship isn’t given to us based on merit; it’s only through faith in Jesus. We can trust him now, and forever.

Ephesians 2:8-9

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.

Paul makes it clear that we can’t save ourselves. We are only saved by God’s gift of grace, through faith. If we were saved by works, we’d be able to boast about it, but through God’s salvation plan, only he receives the glory.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Paul calls us to stand firm in the faith. We are to be like soldiers, keeping watch and waiting for the return of Jesus.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Paul often used the image of a race to describe the Christian life. At this point, he knew his race was almost over, but that there was a crown waiting for him in heaven. It’s so important for us to encourage each other to keep the faith, just as Paul did.

Bible Verses About Love

Love is at the heart of the Christian message and so the Bible has lots to say about it. Here I list some of my favourite Bible verses about love.

1 John

The book of 1 John talks about love a lot. In 1 John 4:7-21 (entitled God’s Love and Ours in the NIV), love is mentioned a staggering 27 times. The passage talks about how ultimately, love comes from God, because God is love. God has shown us his love and therefore, we should show this love to others. Let’s explore some key verses in this letter:

1 John 3:11

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

Love is at the centre of the Christian message. As Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

1 John 3:16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 

The greatest demonstration of love is that Jesus died for us, so that we can be free from judgment.

1 John 4:7-9

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Love originates from God. He didn’t wait for us to love him before he loved us; he always has. What’s even more powerful is that God doesn’t just say he loves us, he acts on it. He shows us this love in the person of Jesus.

1 John 4:10-12

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

In sending Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, God did something incredibly costly to himself. He has always been full of love and chose to deal with the consequences of our sin himself.

1 John 4:16-18

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

I really like the phrase “there is no fear in love”, as it shows we don’t need to fear or worry about judgment. We can have confidence that the punishment we deserve was poured out on Jesus on the cross.

1 John 4:19-21

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

God loved us first, and so we should love him, too. As a result, our love for God, whether it exists or not, will be shown in our actions.

Other Bible Verses About Love

John 3:16

For 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.

This is one of the most famous verses of the entire Bible. I have often thought of it as the gospel in a nutshell. It speaks of the wonderful truth that God so loved the world.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

This passage is commonly read out at weddings, and it’s easy to see why. As two people declare their love for one another, these verses tell us about what love looks like in practice.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The Apostle Paul highlights how God shows us his love, just as we saw earlier in 1 John 3:16.

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

What’s the key to being a Christian? Love God, love others. If we live out these two commands, everything else will follow naturally.

Proverbs 3:3

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

I love the book of Proverbs. It’s full of wisdom and offers some fascinating insights into how we should live. Here, Solomon is telling his son to keep God’s love and faithfulness (sometimes translated as mercy and truth) close together so that others will see it too.