10. Romans 12:2
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
It is so easy to go along with what the world believes. It’s easy to go with what the majority is thinking, and not have an opinion of your own. Many may think to have fun drinking is the best way or to be the best person you can be you have to TONS of friends. Instead of looking to the world for your answers on what to think, look to God and ask Him to change the way you look at things. Instead of praying for someone to accept you, pray for God to change the way you perceive the situation. You’d be surprised on how far a little trust in God, attitude adjustment, and the bravery to go against the world’s thinking and pursue your own will get you.
9. Ecclesiastes 7:20
“Not a single person on Earth is always good and never sins.”
This is a great verse because we all can relatable to this. As Hannah Montana once said, “Nobody’s perfect.” We are ALL sinners, we all make mistakes, we all wish we could take something back, we all have something we are struggling with. No one is better than anyone else. To believe you have to be free of sin to be the best person you can be is ridiculous because we all do it. Never compare yourself to how great someone may seem on the outside because behind closed doors, they are making the same mistakes as you are.
8. Philippians 4:8
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
As the verse continues, it goes on about how we should put others interest above our own, and I couldn’t agree more. Although, it is easier said than done. I’m guilty of being selfish. I have so much pride, and a strong view that I deserve to have whatever I want. But why don’t other people deserve that too? If you sacrifice what you want and give people what they want and what they deserve, who says you won’t eventually get what you asked for? I think this verse demands more than what it’s really asking from a human being. It demands kindness, patience, and faith. Kindness to sacrifice your own wants, patience to wait for what you want, and faith to know God will give it to you.
7. Matthew 5:44
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Okay, this is the hardest one yet. Who wants to love someone that they totally despise? Who wants to wish for great things to happen to someone who is probably wishing for the worst for us? I believe to fully achieve what the scriptures are saying in this verse takes a lot of maturity and growth. I takes about 5 seconds of maturity and a kind heart to pray for your enemies, which will later result in a long lasting growth and maturity. I’ll be honest, I’m not fully here yet, but it’s a blank page tomorrow and why not start there?
6. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. ‘They are plans for the good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”
God doesn’t have a bad plan for ANYONE. So if you’re going through something that is difficult or you’re living a “horrible’ life. Change your thoughts about your attitude and how you’re living. Focus on the things you DO HAVE and not what you don’t have. There are so many great things that you haven’t even thought about happening right now in your life all because of God. So keep going and keep being hopeful. IT IS COMING.
5. Matthew 7:1-2
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged, For you will be treated as you treat others.”
This is something I feel like is easily reachable when you start giving everything to God. Once you start accepting God, you start accepting people’s differences. As you grow up, you’ll notice things that are different about you and things that are different about others, but why must that be weird? “It takes “all kinds of kinds” to keep the world spinning.
4. Ephesians 4:32
“Instead, be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Don’t be a jerk, and don’t hold grudges. Life is so short, why spend it being mean? And if you’re having trouble forgiving someone, imagine if God didn’t forgive you.
3. Galatians 5:22
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
When you have Jesus in your life, you have love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. If you don’t have all of these, keep growing with God because you’ll get there eventually. I’ve also noticed, everything feeling you feel when you have Jesus in your life is like feeling it normally but times 10. There is no easy way to explain it, but everything becomes so pure and you really receive a feeling of fullness.
2. Hebrews 13:5
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.'”
If you have Faith, you have everything. You don’t need to worry about money or obsess over money because God will provide you with all that. Money doesn’t get you extraordinary things, God does. God made them, and if it is truly something you treasure than you need to reevaluate your treasures. Because if you have Faith, you have everything.
1. James 1:3
“For you know when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
This is HANDS DOWN my FAVORITE Bible verse. I think we can learn a lot of life lessons from the book of James, but this verse is very comforting to me. I know that when things that seem so unbearable come my way that I am going to grow into such a greater human being, and my relationship with God with grow too. When it talks about endurance, what comes to my mind is, “If I can get through this, I can get through ANYTHING.” It is just so reassuring that so many good things will come out of one bad thing.