Wednesday, May 30, 2012

16 good Bible verses about pride, arrogance and humility

Pride has been the original sin that brought once pure and holy angel of God down and he became what we know now as Satan. This character feature has been a stumbling block for many. God hates it and wants us to learn humility. It is easier said than done though. Both Bible and life teach us to be humble before God and men. When proper time comes God exalts us. So, let us get rid of arrogance and put on humility. God bless you while you will be reading Bible verses about pride, arrogance and humility. 

1. 2 Chronicles 26:16
„But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.“

2. 2 Chronicles 32:26
„Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.“

3. Job 20:5-7
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, he will perish forever, like his own dung…”

4. Psalm 10:4
„In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.“

5. Proverbs 8:13
„To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.“

6. Proverbs 11:2
„When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.“

7. Proverbs 13:10
„Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.“

8. Proverbs 14:3
„A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.“

9. Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.“

10. Proverbs 29:23
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.“

11. Ecclesiastes 7:8
„The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.“

12. Isaiah 13:11
„I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.“

13. Ezekiel 28:2
“Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.“

14. Daniel 4:37
„Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.“

15. Obadiah 1:3
„The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?“

16. 1 John 2:16
„For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.“

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29 Bible verses about salvation

For centuries, even thousands of years people of the Old Testament had been waiting for salvation. The law of Moses and the prophets told them that the Messiah was coming. And He did come in the person of Jesus Christ. When you study the verses about salvation you will find out that salvation is not only one single event, it is also a Person – God. Embrace him and be saved. 

1. 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.“

2. 2 Samuel 22:3
„ God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.“

3. 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?“

4. Psalm 51:12
„Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.“

5. Psalm 74:12
„But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.“

6. Psalm 85:9
„Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.“

7. Psalm 98:2
„The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.“

8. Psalm 116:13
„I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.“

9. Isaiah 12:3
„With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.“

10. Isaiah 30:15
„This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.“

11. Isaiah 49:8
„This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances...“

12. Isaiah 51:5
„My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.“

13. Isaiah 52:7
„How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

14. Isaiah 59:17
„He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.“

15. Isaiah 60:18
„No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.“

16. Lamentations 3:26
„ is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.“

17. Luke 1:77
„ give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins...“

18. Luke 19:9
„Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.“

19. Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

20. Acts 13:47
„For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”

21. Romans 1:16
„For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.“

22. 2 Corinthians 7:10
„Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.“

23. Ephesians 6:17
„Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.“

24. Philippians 2:12
„Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling...“

25. Hebrews 2:3
„ shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.“

26. Hebrews 9:28
„ Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.“

27. 1 Peter 1:9
„...for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.“

28. 1 Peter 2:2
„Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation...“

29. 2 Peter 3:15
„Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.“

Monday, May 28, 2012

26 Bible verses about grace, mercy and love of God

Let us look at one of the most important topic in the Bible today. It is about the grace of God. When you will be looking through the verses on the subject you will probably be surprised how few of them are from the Old Testament. It does not mean that God wasn’t graceful back then. It is because this feature of God was fully revealed in Christ through his sacrifice on the cross. God bless you.

1. Psalm 45:2
„You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.“

2. Proverbs 22:11
„One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.“

3. Zechariah 12:10
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.“

4. Luke 2:40
„And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.“

5. John 1:14
„The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.“

6. John 1:17
„For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.“

7. Acts 13:43
„When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.“

8. Acts 14:3
„So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.“

9. Acts 15:11
„No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

10. Romans 3:24
„...and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.“

11. Romans 4:16
„Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.“

12. Romans 5:15
„But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!“

13. Romans 5:19-21
“19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

14. Romans 6:14
„For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.“

15. Romans 11:6
„And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.“

16. 1 Corinthians 15:10
„But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.“

17. 2 Corinthians 6:1
„As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.“

18. 2 Corinthians 12:9
„But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.“

19. Galatians 2:21
„I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

20. Galatians 5:4
„You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.“

21. Ephesians 2:8
„For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...“

22. Ephesians 4:7
„But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.“

23. Hebrews 2:9
„But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.“

24. Hebrews 4:16
„Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.“

25.  Hebrews 12:15
„See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.“

26. Jude 1:4
„For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.“

Sunday, May 27, 2012

20 warning and comforting Bible verses about divorce, adultery and remarriage

20 warning and comforting Bible verses about divorce, adultery and remarriage

Bible has a lot to say about divorce, adultery and remarriage. However, these topics are mostly misunderstood by a lot of Christians, particularly if you do not look at these things in the light of New Testament and Redemption. On the one hand, we have a lot of warning verses regarding divorce, adultery and remarriage. On the other, we see God’s unfailing love and forgiveness for those who repent after sinning. Take as an example the story of David and Bathsheba. Do not forget that it was the Old Testament. God would accept repentance back then too. So much more we can trust in his forgiveness now. Look at Jesus who forgives the lady that was brought to him by Pharisees. He forgave. He also made it clear that all of us have sinned one way or another. So, if you have sinned, go to Jesus and tell him about it. Repent and you will be forgiven. Praise God for his mercy. God bless you. 

1. Isaiah 50:1
„This is what the LORD says: “Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.“

2. Jeremiah 3:1
“If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers— would you now return to me?” declares the LORD.“

3. Jeremiah 3:8
„I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.“

4. Malachi 2:16
“The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.“

5. Matthew 1:19
„Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.“

6. Matthew 5:32
„But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.“

7. Matthew 19:8
„Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.“

8. Matthew 19:9
„I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

9. 1 Corinthians 7:12
„To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.“

10. 1 Corinthians 7:13
„And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.“

11. Exodus 20:14
“You shall not commit adultery.“

12. Proverbs 6:32
„But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.“

13. Jeremiah 3:6
„During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there.“

14. Jeremiah 3:8
„I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.“

15. Jeremiah 5:7
“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.“

16. Jeremiah 29:23
„For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the LORD.“

17. Matthew 5:28
„But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.“

18. Matthew 15:19
„For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.“

19. John 8:3-11
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

20. Romans 13:9
„The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Saturday, May 26, 2012

16 Bible verses about gossip, backbiting, slandering and friendship

 16 Bible verses about gossip, backbiting, slandering and friendship

Let us look at Bible verses about gossip today. I know how much we want to know about other people, yet it is strength of character that helps us to keep secrets that we know and keep silent about others when we have to. I hope these short excerpts will inspire us to cherish our relationships, make us wiser and teach us how to tame our tongues.

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1. Proverbs 11:13
„A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.“

2. Proverbs 16:28
„A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.“

3. Proverbs 18:8
„The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.“

4. Leviticus 19:16
„You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.“

5. Proverbs 20:19
„A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.“

6. Psalm 15:3
„He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend...“

7. Psalm 101:5
„Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.“

8. Proverbs 26:20
„Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.“

9. Psalm 140:11
“May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily.”

10. Proverbs 10:18
„He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.“

11. Proverbs 16:28
„A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.“

12. Matthew 15:19
„For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.“

13. 1 Corinthians 4:13
„...when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.“

14. Ephesians 4:31
„Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.“

15. 1 Peter 2:12
„Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.“

16. 1 Peter 3:16
„...and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.“