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What Is Your Favorite Scripture Verse, Or One That's Had A Major Impact On Your Life?

Asked by TheKNYHT (686points) May 4th, 2009

There are several scriptures that come to mind when I think of my favorite passages that mean a lot to me personally; many of these are also very powerful verses that when I meditate on them, have had a major influence on me, creating a turning point of sorts. What scripture has had a positive, powerful effect on you? Or verses that have been of profound comfort?

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StephK's avatar

Romans 8:38/39. Definitely my favorite and one that comes in handy everyday.

MrKnowItAll's avatar

Dear Lord, Protect me from your followers.

chucklmiller's avatar

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Words to live by!

Judi's avatar

Lately it’s been:
Philippians 4:12–13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength

But for the last several years it’s been:
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

SeventhSense's avatar

Perfect love casts out fear.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Psalm 121. It gives me strength when I need it.

Judi's avatar

@jbfletcherfan ; Do you know the song? I sang it at my father in laws funeral. It is a great and hopeful verse.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

No, I don’t believe I do.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Judi No, I’d never heard that before. Very pretty.

miasmom's avatar

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

seVen's avatar

Psalm 23
Psalm 37

Fyrius's avatar

I’m fighting the urge to post a link to an interesting anthology of all the downright nasty parts of the bible.

Judi's avatar

@Fyrius ; Keep fighting. this has been a respectful thread so far.

Fyrius's avatar

Thanks, I’ll do my best.

AstroChuck's avatar

Although I am not Christian, I find Matthew 5:38–42 Matthew 7:1,2 good passages to live by.

TheKNYHT's avatar

Psalms 9, 27, 92 and Philippians 1:6 are among my most favorite; also Romans 4:1–5 resulted in my salvation experience back in 1980.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i don’t know why, but i’ve remembered this one since i was in 2nd or 3rd grade – it doesn’t bear any special significance to me, but i do like it.
i don’t know what verse it is, but it’s like “a heart at peace brings life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

TheKNYHT's avatar

@tiffyandthewall That sounds very much like a Proverb, but I’m unfamiliar with the translation, otherwise I could do a search on an online Bible and locate it for you. Very good verse however!
Ah! Eureka!
Pro 14:30 “A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

AstroChuck's avatar

@tiffyandthewall- It’s from Proverbs 14:30.

TheKNYHT's avatar

@AstroChuck heeheehee, nah nah nah nah NAH-Nah… beechya tuit.
ahem… sorry, I got hit with the bat of immaturity today. = P

AstroChuck's avatar

@TheKNYHT- No you didn’t. You went back and edited after I’d already posted it. Haha. Beaten by a heathen. Neener neener neener.

knitfroggy's avatar

I Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant I’m not a Christian-but I like this verse…

Crusader's avatar

Proverbs 12,26

The righteous man should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

TheKNYHT's avatar

:::sitting here pouting::: : (

Fyrius's avatar

If I can’t post disturbing bible verses, can I post verses from non-biblical ancient texts? The Tao Te Ching has some pretty neat stuff.

chucklmiller's avatar

@Fyrius…“disturbing Bible verses”? Can you elaborate…?

Judi's avatar

alright you guys, do it in PM’s!

Fyrius's avatar

I promised Judi not to…
Wait, I’ll send you a PM.

Edit: Great minds think alike. :P

Crusader's avatar


What have any of your posts have to do with the topic, may I ask, other than attempting to hijack the Only thread involving bible verses?

Another fav of mine,

..‘practice faith, hope and love, but of the three, love is the strongest…’

miasmom's avatar

@Fyrius I think that’s a great idea for a new thread, since it would be slightly off topic here.

Crusader's avatar


I understand your position, Fyrius. I pray one day you will encounter someone who can be of assistant in some significant manner to you who is Christian, and you will experience the Love personally.

Fyrius's avatar

@Crusader: Aw, don’t be so mean. I’ve been a good boy. I asked politely. I even wrote it all in small letters.
I could easily have been a much greater dick about it and derailed the thread into a bible fight shit storm. Trust me, if I had wanted to hijack this thread, I would have succeeded by now.
As a side note, I already know plenty of really nice Christians.

Crusader's avatar

I know, I know. Its Ok. I am happy you have had good experiences. : )

blakemasnor's avatar

Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, do good to those who hate you

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

Yes, I’m aware that isn’t really in the Bible.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13

TheKNYHT's avatar

As a man of 47 yrs (as of this coming August), and still single, I had been praying and seeking God, wondering if I would ever meet any one, and have a significant other.
There was one, once: a VERY significant other, and we both believed we would be married. She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known within and without, and I coudln’t fathom why, of all the men she knew, she would choose me!! But she died of leukemia months before we were to announce our engagement at my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Devestated, bewildered, my faith rocked violently, I walked around numbly for weeks.
All that to say, that since then there has been no others, thus the rather persistant inquiry to the LORD, whether I would find another.
As I was in the midst of this prayer, a verse reference kept coming to mind, and when I (finally!) finished the prayer, I reached for my Bible, and wondered what I would find . . .
The reference was to Jeremiah ch. 16. This has had a most profound effect on me!

Fyrius's avatar

At the risk of annoying the other flutherites, I’m going off-topic once more, this time in empathy with the Knyght.
Good grief, what a tragedy. I’m so much at a loss for words that my vocabulary seems to lack anything more eloquent than “that sucks, man.” :(

But I looked up and read Jeremiah 16… and now my sarcasm detector is going off the scale. With all the open-mindedness I can muster, I can’t fathom you finding solace or anything otherwise desirable in it. Though reading it with your grief still fresh must have had a profound effect indeed.

P.S. Am I being terribly naive for even taking this so seriously?

SeventhSense's avatar

I can only imagine the first two verses may have been cold comfort or it’s a subtle attempt at getting readers to understand the grievous nature of their iniquities. I’ll venture a conjecture as to the whole passage being comforting only from the standpoint of one who imagines himself a sheep among goats. I hope that’s not the case because it makes me sad that people are still so bound by religion.

Fyrius's avatar

I still can’t wrap my head around it. This is a chapter about god cursing an entire people because their ancestors, not even them, have had the unforgivable nerve to believe in other gods.
It’s not a punishment for their sins, it’s not even a punishment for someone else’s sin, it’s cruelty out of jealousy.

4 “They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.”

To read this sort of thing in the context of having lost a lover would disturb the heck out of me.

Don’t look at me. I promised not to bring up disturbing bible verses, and I didn’t.

chucklmiller's avatar

@Fyrius…I assume that is from the Old Testament?

Fyrius's avatar


TheKNYHT's avatar

Hmmm, apparently this requires a bit of clarification.
When I had asked the LORD whether or not I would ever find a lady, a love of my heart (other than the one I lost, of course) I wanted to know, just so if the answer turned out to be ‘no’, I could close this chapter and not be distracted, or wondering, or putting energy into finding a significant other.
The first couple of verses was that answer I was seeking, and that was the comfort I needed (remember that ‘comfort’ means “with strength”. Proceeding this word from the LORD, I am now resolved on the course He has set for me.
The REST of the chapter was certainly not meant to be a comfort at all, but in context, the LORD didn’t want Jeremiah the prophet to suffer watching a wife and or children suffer through the horrendous time ahead.
I concur for my own life; should things become nightmarish in this our nation, at least I will endure these things w/o having to watch a wife and children suffer (THAT is what I would find unendurable).
And just by way of a minor correction for ya Fyrius,

Jer 16:11–12 “Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; AND YOU HAVE DONE WORSE THAN YOUR FATHERS (emph. mine); for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto Me:”
So GOD was referring to the rebellion of their forebears, and then in contrast, pointed to that generation, that what THEY are doing is WORSE!
Do you see that?
I have quite often said, ‘God sprints to show mercy, but drags His feet to bring judgment’ and in the broad depth of scripture as a whole, this stands true.
Its not punishment, so much as correction (albeit of the greatest and most severe sort, certainly!) and not jealousy in the sense that we humans understand it, but the sort of jealousy God can express because Israel was a people He claimed for His own; they were to be ‘the wife of YHWH’ and when they went after false gods, it was a form of spiritual adultery (The book of Hosea deals with this throughout the book, re: YHWH and Israel’s whoredoms).
Israel however eventually responds in repentance and after they are brought back from their captivity in Babylon, they are restored, with the promise that they shall exceed their former glories under the reign of Solomon by far!
Its been over a decade now, and I’m emotionally healed up pretty well: of course when I think of her, I can still well up thinking about what ‘might have been’ but I also believe our brief time together here was a blessing, and I likewise believe we shall meet again UP there!
And I am deepy grateful for your compassion and sympathy. You seem to be a sensitive person of great heart, and that is some what uncommon in these rather jaded days. Thank you Fyrius! : )

Krag's avatar

Thou shell not commit adultery: OPPS!!!!!!

Fyrius's avatar

But god was talking about not getting a wife from this one cursed people, not in general. Or do you think it was revelation that led you to this particular verse?

As for the present generation doing something worse than their ancestors: I have the impression the greater sin Jehovah is referring to here would be not to reject the other religion their ancestors indoctrinated them with.
And it’s no secret that I think not considering what you were brought up with is a very bad idea, but I don’t think it’s the unquestioning mind-set that god comdemned, since to do the same thing as a Christian would undoubtedly incur his wrath as well.
And to correct a people by killing half of them in gruesome ways and denying them a funeral does not seem a particularly productive form of education, if only because most of the pupils will be DEAD. And why should one person learn and another die? It was the people as a whole that was “guilty”.
When Israel finally repented under the pressure of this supernatural bullying, I imagine it was more of an act of submission to an invincible force than one of principled regret.

I’m sorry, I’ve turned this thread into a bible fight after all. It can just be so mind-boggling to a non-Christian to see Christians look for solace – and find it! – in what is from my point of view a truly frightening document. I don’t think you’re reading what this book really says. I think you’re reading into it what satisfies your emotional needs. I think you could do the same with any source, with the same levels of faith.

I suppose I should be glad that you found an answer to your conundrum. It just makes me sad that you found it there. I can’t help feeling it’s so random, almost on par with a coin toss.
You could have talked to friends about it instead, or read the works of Plato, or the plays of Shakespeare. They would have given you more sophisticated advice, for more sophisticated reasons.

TheKNYHT's avatar

Fyrius, did you notice that your lurve is up to… um, dare I say it?
6 6 6 points?!!! : p NOT that that means any thing, OF COURSE!

Listen bud, you’re not turning this into a bible fight, you’ve got legitimate protests to what you see as an irrational document, and as far as I can tell, you’re responding with A LOT more courtesy and gentleness than others would, truly!

However since this is getting further and further away from the primary topic, praps we should continue this in Personal Messaging.

What say you friend? I’m game! Let me know, I would enjoy further dialoguing (if it can be called that since this is all in ‘cyber-print’ rather than vocal).

Fyrius's avatar

Lol, I noticed that too. I saw it coming when it was at 661, in fact.
I was already starting to feel the demonic forces take hold of me, until I remembered the Number of the Beast wasn’t really 666 anyway. :P I should have paid more attention fifty lurve points earlier.

Thank you for taking my criticism so gently, too. And maybe this is a generally civilised site, but at other places I’m familiar with, I couldn’t have hoped for that much.

Personal Messaging. Yes, that does sound like a good idea. I think the rest of the thread would be glad to see this digression come to an end.

Actually, I think “dialogue” is a rather general term for any kind of discourse.

Crusader's avatar

@Fyrius, @TheKNYHT,

Here is another of my favorites,

Psalm 78,38–42

‘But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath.’

For He rememebred that they were but flesh, a breath that passes away and does not come again.

How often they provoked Him n th wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert!

Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

They did not remember His power: the day when He redeemed them from the enemy.’

God is so compassionate, that for the sake of 10 innocents in a city of hundreds of thousands, he would spare Soddom and Gommorah, Old testement, yet the residents there would seek to pervent and corrupt the flesh of the Only pure and innocent of the city Lot and his family…

The New Testement, however, though more forgiving and compassionate, requires More Believers to avert catastrophy.

Please, all, lets keep this One thread, at least, as a province of the threads question, and not hijack it again, and again, (@Fyrius,)

TheKNYHT's avatar

@Crusader GREAT Psalm! Folks don’t ususally identify the ‘God of the Old Testament’ in this way; they see Him as the usual ogre with divine powers ready to STRIKE dead at the first sign of sinning!!!

Here is another one! Psalm 145

Crusader's avatar

Thanks, very good news..

Proverbs 31,10–31

‘Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies…’

Good to read the rest of this as the characterization of the virtuous Christian wife and the responsibilities of her husband conclude the New Testement.

May you find a wife such as this…If it is Gods will, though,
I believe your chances are good…and depends on you…

Cat4thCB's avatar

Numbers 6:24–26

“May Jehovah bless you and keep you.
May Jehovah make his face shine toward you, and may he favor you.
May Jehovah lift up his face toward you and assign peace to you.”

SeventhSense's avatar

Yes but a great line.

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