Encouraging Others: 55 Inspiring Bible Verses

By David Small •  Updated: 03/11/22 •  11 min read

Encouraging Others is one of the awesome things we are called to do as believers. We, as brothers in Christ, must encourage one another. Communion and care for others are vital for those who are fallen to recover.

All of us, at some point, will need support. Likewise, there will be days when we need to reach out and encourage our brother.

In the Bible, we find genuine encouragement! The Word of God strengthens our faith and gives us a perspective for the future.

Through the Bible, we can encourage our brothers in times of difficulty and tribulation.

 

Enlightening Bible Verses about Encouraging Others.

  1. Proverbs 22:9

He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.

  1. Romans 12:8

he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:18

Therefore comfort one another with these words.

  1. Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works

  1. 1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

  1. Deuteronomy 15:11

For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

  1. Proverbs 28:27

He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.

  1. 1 John 3:17

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

  1. Acts 20:35

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Bible verses with words of comfort to encourage others.

We all face situations when we need comfort. In times of pain and sadness, a word of comfort helps to move forward and not be overwhelmed by despair.

Many people try to comfort, but the best comfort comes from the Bible, which is the Word of God.

Here are some comfort verses that you can use to encourage others in difficult times.

  1. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

  1. John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

  1. 2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  1. Psalms 119:50

This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.

  1. Psalms 120:1

In my distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me.

  1. Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

  1. Deuteronomy 31:8

And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

  1. Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  1. Psalms 31:24

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

  1. Psalms 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Also See: Top 48 Surprising Bible Verses About Blessing Others.

Bible verses about encouraging others in the New Testament.

Encouraging one another is one of the most pervasive themes in the New Testament. This concept is used more than 100 times in the book of Acts and the Epistles.

When you have the ability and the opportunity to encourage someone, you must do so. You can’t solve all the world’s problems, but you can be a positive force in the lives you encounter.

  1. Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

  1. John 16:22

Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

  1. Matthew 19:20-21

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

  1. 2 Corinthians 1:5

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

  1. Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

  1. Revelation 21:5

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Bible verses about encouraging others in the Old Testament.

All of us who have received God’s love and forgiveness are called to be a blessing to the people around us. If you make it a point to encourage others, God will take notice.

Encouraging others is one of the best ways to express your faith, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.

In the Bible, we find many verses in the Old Testament that reveal to us the importance of encouraging others. Check them out

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:1

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”

  1. Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.

  1. Proverbs 19:17

He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.

  1. Proverbs 21:13

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.

  1. Ecclesiastes 11:9

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.

  1. Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

  1. Psalms 71:5

For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.

  1. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

  1. Lamentations 3:27

It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.

  1. Psalms 22:24

For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  1. Nahum 1:7

The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.

  1. Isaiah 66:13

As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you, And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

  1. Psalms 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Jesus taught us to encourage others.

Jesus loves us in an extraordinary, incredible way. It’s up to you to take the love you receive from Him and find ways to bring that love and goodwill into your community.

Sometimes, encouraging others is as simple as living an honest and faithful life. By living thoughtfully and honoring God with your words and actions, you can inspire someone to help themselves by doing the same.

  1. Hebrews 13:16

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

  1. Hebrews 6:10

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

  1. Romans 12:6-8

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

  1. Philippians 2:3-4

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.

  1. Romans 15:1-2

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.

  1. Galatians 6:2-3

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.

  1. Leviticus 25:35

‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.

  1. Matthew 5:15-16

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

  1. Matthew 25:44-45

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?

’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

  1. Luke 12:33-34

Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  1. John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

  1. Matthew 5:42

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

  1. Luke 3:10-11

So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

In conclusion

We can always do something to help and bless those around us. We just need to have a willing heart and be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

There are many people who, although they have a lot of money, do not have love, they do not have anyone who listens to them or is interested in them.

You can help these people by giving them words of encouragement or a hug, showing them that they are essential.

Those of us who serve and love God were not only chosen to live for a few years in this world and then go to heaven.

We also have a critical mission for our time on earth: to announce the Gospel of Jesus and express God’s love to all humanity. That is the best encouragement we can give!

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

David Small

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