My Favorite Bible Quotes
I try to be a good person. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I do not. Like anyone else, I have good days and bad days, and sometimes the bad days are really hard. It’s hard to be nice to others, it is hard to stay calm, it is hard to forgive people when they hurt me. I know that I am imperfect, that I will make mistakes. That it is only natural to falter sometimes, and that it is normal to feel the way that I do.
However, I know that no matter what, God will forgive me. He understands and loves me anyway. That knowledge can really help people through some trying times, when they feel that all is lost. Sometimes we don’t feel loveable at all, you know? Understanding that He loves us through it all can be our saving grace.
Perhaps that is why my favorite quote from the Bible comes from Colossians 3:13:
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Two perfect sentences!
It reminds me that there is a reason to be patient with those around me and offers me a gentle reminder to be kind to others, just as God is patient and forgiving of me. You never know what they are going through. You need to bear with people, just as you hope they will bear with you – just like in another great Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 13:7:
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
That’s a tall order for the rest of us, for sure. But real love, like the kind God has for all of His Children, can survive anything. He believes in us, hopes the best things for us, will endure anything for us. And yes, He will bear all things for us. All our bad choices, all our destructive behaviors, all the terrible things we do to each other. He forgives it all.
And if God can forgive us all of that, the least we can do is tolerate each other. We all make mistakes. Nobody is saying you don’t have the right to be affronted or hurt by someone’s behavior. But you can choose to let those grievances go in the same way that God would forgive you. You don’t have to hold on to the things that have happened to you. You can release the other person from their guilt and sorrow over their actions toward you. You’ll feel better too, I promise.
If those passages aren’t enough to convince you, here is a short line that is another favorite of mine, Proverbs 21:3:
“To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.”
I believe that quote says it all: that if you do the right thing (which in most cases is to forgive those who have trespassed against us), God values that choice more than all the tithing, all the times we go without, all the things we give up.
I love these passages. What a beautiful thing forgiveness is, what a powerful gift the Lord has given us!
What about you, what parts of the Bible speak to you?