Feeling stressed? Of course, you are. Stress is a part of life. It’s inevitable, but it’s not all bad. Some stress is positive and works for us while some stress is negative and works against us. Therefore, we have to find ways to maximize the positive stress and minimize the negative stress.
Scripture is an invaluable stress reducer for me. Although there are many, here are fifteen of my favorite verses/passages–ones I tend to rely on and cling to during times of pressure and stress. I hope you will find them helpful, as well.
Philippians 4:6-7, 13 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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….I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.
2 Chronicles 20:15b This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Isaiah 43:1b-2 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your cares on him because he cares about you.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Romans 8:31b, 35, 37-39 If God is for us, who can be against us?…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now it’s your turn. Would you Leave a Reply below and share one or two verses that help to reduce your stress?