The Bible has so many inspirational verses it’s tough to know where to start. Here are some passages that have been very inspirational in my life, and I hope they are in yours too.
“How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.” -Song of Solomon 1:15
I’ve always found the Song of Solomon to be one of the most beautiful books of the Hebrew Bible, as well as a beautiful love poem. When I read this verse it inspires me to think on the beauty of my relationship with God, as well as my relationship with my wife. The passion of this inspirational bible verse can apply both to love of the divine, as well as the love of a husband or wife.
“If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” -Proverbs 9:12
This inspirational Hebrew bible verse has been huge in my life. In my marriage, I find that when I have the wisdom to take a breath and hold my tongue, my wife and I can resolve issues in a really calm and loving manner. But when I lose my temper, or become a “mocker,” I alone feel the fool, or “suffer.”
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. “-James 2:8
Sometimes this can be the most difficult charge in the Christian bible. Its so easy for us to get distracted by our own preconceived notions of people that we form walls between ourselves and them, and even begin to form judgment of those who are strangers. I used to work at a cafe in Downtown Portland, and we had a lot of houseless folks and folks struggling with addiction come in and out of our place. Sometimes, I found myself so angry and annoyed by them that I could be quite mean and rude to them. One day on my way home, a panhandler asked me for money, and in that moment I realized the right thing to do, the neighborly thing to do, would be to get him some lunch. He joined me at the sub shop for a sandwich, and before we ate, he said a prayer. It was pretty powerful.
“Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”-Colossians 3:11
This inspirational bible verse has affected me similarly to the verse from James. Its implications have been powerful. I remember in the days following 9/11 when anti-Muslim sentiment was running high (and to a good degree, this persists today) that for many people Muslims weren’t even people, but monsters. The implication of this verse, for me, is that those who are different from us, or those we don’t understand, or even those who may be our enemies, all have Christ within them. As such, we must treat them accordingly. We must treat them as if though they were Jesus.
“Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.” -Psalms 120:6
These days war is ever present all around us, and it seems like it’s only growing. As a person of strong anti-war sentiment, this inspirational bible verse speaks volumes to how I have felt in the midst of so much war. It is so easy to feel helpless to change anything during these turbulent times that it is inspirational to know that others thousands of years ago, far far removed from myself, and felt the same. It gives a sense of solidarity that spans the ages.
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