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Here at Boundless we spend a lot of time offering biblical advice on how to live well as single young adults. We often turn to God’s Word as a source of wisdom and inspiration. I recently compiled this list of the verses I've found particularly comforting, instructive and challenging as a single man.
Read through the list and consider sharing verses you’d add in the comments below.
"I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry" (Psalm 40:1, ESV).
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
"He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD" (Proverbs 18:22).
"Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord" (Psalm 128:1-4).
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7).
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" (Proverbs 31:30).
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!" (Psalm 34:1-3).
“'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him'” (Lamentations 3:24).
"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).
"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him'" (Genesis 2:18).
These 14 passages have each been important to me during my years of singleness. In the title of this blog, I've suggested these verses are worth memorizing. I've found memorized verses root themselves deeper into my heart. They're much more likely to find their way into my thoughts, conversations and prayers. I memorize so I can remind myself of these truths often.
What are some verses that have helped you thrive during your single years?
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--Thank you, Andrew. These are great. Two of my favorites are Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit", and Psalm 138:8 - "The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever -- do not abandon the works of Your hands".
--I love Psalm 138.8, Lauralou. It gives me so much hope!
-- Darn and I thought you were going to mention Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
-- It is important to memorize Scripture verses, but it is also essential to memorize (or at least have good knowledge of) the Context of these verses, so you know what they actually mean. For example, the verse "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" is not saying to be overly cautious when emotionally engaging with people but that one should protect one's life from unhealthy influences that corrupt our character.
Individual verses gain their richness from the ones around them. :)
-- Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope.
--Good Verses :) Lately, Psalm 56:3,"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" has been coming to mind haha.
--I never understood memorizing snippets of scripture. In the first place most people really aren't doing that. They are memorizing translations and translations never really get it right. We only have a limited amount of time on this Earth and it always seemed to me that time would be better spent understanding the context and better spent studying God's word in community to see it from different angles.
That said, this post makes it seem like singleness is some kind of burden to be unloaded on the wedding day. Perhaps some of the burden is set aside but just as much or more is taken on. For the most part ones spiritual life remains the same. But if you need it, there is a long history of Christians finding solace in the Psalms.
--"...But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this." 1 Corinthians 7:28
I agree with the comment that context is very important for interpretation. Many people quote verses in Ecclesiastes out of context for comedic effect. :)
--Proverbs 68:5-6, "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land."
-- Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope.......". Is a verse that should be applied thoughtfully and with care. You are aware, aren't you, that it was something like 70 years before that promise came to fruition?
Myself, I'm keep recalling James 1:2, and "nevertheless, let not my will be done, but thine"
--Helpful for every time, good to remember especially in the time of sorrow. Thank you Andrew
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