I love the Scriptures! After 23 years as a Christian, 11 of those as a pastor, I have grown more in love with the Bible each and every day. However, though all Scripture is inspired and profitable, I do have my favorites. Here’s my list:
12. The Foundation Verse
II Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
11. The Shepherd Verse
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
10. The Responsibility Verse
II Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
9. The Security Verse
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
8. The Love Verse
Jeremiah 31:3 Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
7. The Happy Verse
Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
6. The Family Verse
Joshua 24:15 Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
5. The Determination Verse
Daniel 1:8 Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself.
4. The Hopeful Verse
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
3. The Challenging Verse
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
2. The Make-Me-Cry Verse
Ephesians 1:4-7 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
1. The Amazing Verse
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
OK – I’m tearing up here. What a wonderful exercise that was for me.
What is your favorite Bible verse? Would you please share it with me? Did I already use your favorite?