Favorite Verses

If you love the word of God, then this page is for you.  Periodically, I will post (in the comment section) some of my favorite passages of scripture and discuss what they mean to me and their impact on our lives as Christians. Feel free to add any additional comments.  Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Favorite Verses

  1. Joe Butler

    1 Cor. 13:1-8
    “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

    LOVE…Need I say more?

  2. Joe Butler

    Philippians 4:4-8
    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”

    No matter how good or bad things get, there is always a reason to rejoice. God, our Father, and Jesus our Lord gives us all we need when we trust in them!

  3. Joe Butler

    Psalm 118:24
    “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

    Every day we draw breath is a day we are blessed by God. Use every day to find the good in what God has given you. Rejoice in the Lord always!

  4. Joe Butler

    2 Timothy 1:7-8
    “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.”

    I turn to this passage whenever I feel push-back from the world when I speak out about Christ and what he has done for us. He gives me the strength I need to openly and courageously proclaim his name!

    1. Joe Butler

      2 Peter 1:5-11
      “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

      This is an amazing passage on how to grow in Christ continually and a reminder of the life we are called to live.

  5. Joe Butler

    Luke 9:23-24
    “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”

    Not once during his ministry did Jesus sugarcoat his message. Following him has always required sacrifice. The cost is never too steep to spend eternity with him!

  6. Joe Butler

    John 14:6
    “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.”

    I know this verse is very absolute, but I love it for that reason. I’m grateful that we don’t have to guess how to please God, that he has laid it out in his word, that he made his word and instructions easy to understand, and that there aren’t numerous paths to find Him. Jesus is the only way.

  7. Joe Butler

    Matthew 6:25-34
    “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

    I worry. I try not to, I wish I wouldn’t, but I do. This verse has been of great inspiration for me and many others who read God’s word for relief from anxiety. It’s so empowering to know that God will take care of my needs and look out for me and my family if I will serve him first. This is one of a handful of verses that has helped my faith grow tremendously.

  8. Joe Butler

    Acts 2:42-47
    “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

    I love this description of the early church especially so since the church in the 21st century has begun to depart from it in many ways. Here were these news Christians, gathering together daily to worship God, encourage one another, and learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ from his apostles. And because the church was dedicated to God as their first love, He added to their number those who were being saved. This should be our formula for growing the church today. Put God first and He will do the rest.

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