In times of darkness, words and teachings from the Bible can offer us some light. Whether you are a practicing Christian, or are new to the religion, having some words that reaffirm your strengths and bring you hope can be life changing.
The Bible is full of stories about Jesus Christ showing strength and determination; about people being tested by the world and having to find the inner strength to carry on.
Noah finds the motivation to build an ark fit for the world’s animals, despite the fear of impending doom and the pressure that God applies to him, for example.
Reading about people’s perseverance and their successful results is often a good way to motivate yourself to push through a difficult situation, and to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Similarly, the Bible is full of examples of healing; both spiritual and physical. Jesus has the divine power to heal a blind man in the book of John, and gives a paralyzed man the gift of walking in the book of Mark.
Whether you are praying for a sick loved one to get better, or are looking for a way to renew your spiritual health, the Bible will have something to lend you positivity and hope.
When you are feeling weak or challenged, the Bible is something you can lean on for support. Take a look below at some of the Bible’s most inspirational quotes for healing and strength.
1. ‘“Would it be easier to tell this lame man that his sins are forgiven?
Or would it be easier for him to get up and go home with his Mat?
Let me show you that people have the right to forgive their sins on this earth.”
Then Jesus said to the man, “Arise! Take your mattress and go home.”
The man stood up. He takes the mat and goes outside while watching everyone in amazement.’ ~ Mark 2:9-12
In this verse, Jesus shows that no matter what your sin or your weakness, there is always a way to be forgiven and to be healed. Jesus gives a paralyzed man the ability to walk. This could be seen as a miracle in itself, but it is even more amazing because, alongside his physical healing, Jesus rids him of his sins. This verse is useful if you want to remind yourself that God gives forgiveness to anyone that asks, no matter what their sin is. It can also remind you of the Lord’s strength and ability to heal even the impossibly ill and impaired.
2. ‘After Jesus said this, he spat on the ground. He made mud and put it in the man’s eyes. Then he said, “Go, wash the mud in the pool.”
The man obeyed and went to wash in Siloam,
When he had washed off the mud, he was able to see again.’
~ John 9:6-7
This verse provides another example of the Lord and Christ’s divine healing powers. Restoring a man’s sight is a miraculous act, and despite the unlikelihood of something like that happening, the blind man trusts Jesus and obeys him. This serves to remind us that if we trust in the Lord, he will provide us with strength and will help us to heal.
3. “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are the one I praise.” ~ Jeremiah 17:14
These words are spoken by a prophet who is aware of his sins and wrongdoing, and asks the Lord for healing and salvation. He claims to know that God will help him because he praises God. This is a reminder that if we are loyal to our Lord and praise his divinity, he will grant us peace and salvation.
4. “Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.
I will take away sickness from among you…”
~ Exodus 23:25
We are enlightened in this verse to God’s kindness and care for us. If we are dutiful in our worship of God, and show remorse for our sins, He will reward us by blessing the food we eat and the water we drink. This verse shows not only God’s power for forgiveness, but also his aptitude for healing. To ‘take away sickness’ is to heal the physically or mentally ill; to heal the suffering. This verse can be applied to both physical and mental sickness or difficulty, and provide faith in you to hold out for God’s healing powers.
5. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
~ Revelations 21:4
God’s ability to wipe away the tears of his people signifies his ability to help them through sad and difficult times. Alongside supporting you through sadness, this verse shows God’s ability to get you through physical pain, too. God provides a healing light that we need to bathe in and embrace.
6. “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
~ Proverbs 4:20-22
The Lord addresses a person in need to explain the power of His own words. If we take God’s words and teachings to heart, and live with them in our minds, we will benefit greatly from His wisdom and strength. This verse shows how God’s words can give strength to those in need, and how His divine teachings can heal us all – both mentally and physically. We must not ignore God’s words, because they are a blessing in their own rite.
7. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
~ James 5:6
This verse reminds us that God’s power for forgiveness is in all of us. Not only can we reach healing through God directly, but also through praying for each other and through finding strength in other people. We have been put on this earth by God, and he wants us to support each other as He supports us. This verse serves as a reminder that leaning on your friends and family can help you to find strength, even in the darkest of times.
8. ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.’
~ 1 Peter 2:24
When we find ourselves in difficult situations, or when we are in need of relief from our sins, it is important that we remember how Jesus put himself through physical and emotional pain in order to cleanse the world of our sins. Through Jesus’s sacrifice, the sins of the world have been forgiven. Through Jesus’s wounds, our pain has been healed. Remembering what Jesus endured, and the salvation that it brought us, is motivation enough to endure through hard times and find the strength to enjoy life. Jesus died on the cross so that we could be healed of sin; we must be grateful for His sacrifice and find the strength to enjoy a sin-free life.
9. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
~ John 14:27
God bestows upon us all his peace, and this peace is enough to set our minds and hearts at ease when we need strength. If we embrace the peace of the Lord, we can find our hearts healed and our fear banished. God can give you the strength you need to fight through your fear.
10. ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.’
~ Isaiah 40:29
This verse emphasizes the way in which we can find strength through God. He provides for us in ways that no one else can, and shares His holy strength with us when we need it. When we are weak, God will give us the strength we need to carry on.
11. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
When we are scared of our capacity for sin, or when we feel too weak to resist temptation, we must remember that God is always there to give us the strength we need to be true to Him and to ourselves. When we ask for God’s help to resist temptation, he will give us the strength to do what we need to do. God has made us strong enough to endure whatever we naturally will experience in life. This verse reminds us that no matter what difficulties we face, God has made us strong enough to handle them.
12. “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”
~ Psalms 30:12
This verse from the Psalms is proof that when you ask God to be healed, he will heal you. God has the power to heal anyone, no matter how sick they are. Ask, and you shall receive. Never be too afraid to ask God for His help.
13. ‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’
~ Psalms 147:3
If you are suffering from a broken heart, whether it’s due to a relationship ending or to losing a loved one, remember that God does not only heal physical wounds, but also emotional ones. When we are at low points in life and are filled with sadness, God is always there to help us recover from whatever is troubling us. God will take care of you, so keep your faith and believe in His power.
14. “Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy…”
~ Psalms 30:10-11
This is another verse that shows us how God can heal emotional pain as well as physical pain. If you ask for God’s mercy, He will take you from a pit of despair and give you joy. He will give you the energy you need to heal from sadness and to enjoy life. This verse serves as a reminder that God can help us to enjoy our lives, no matter what we’ve been through. Life is too short to spend it wailing and hurt.
15. ‘News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.’
~ Matthew 4:23-24
No matter what pain the people of Syria were experiencing, Jesus was able to heal them and give them the strength to pull through. Remembering the ways in which Jesus healed all types of ailments could give you faith that he will help to heal yours.
16. ‘He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
~ Mark 5:34
Sometimes, all we need to do to be healed is to have faith in God. God asks us for nothing more than our faith, and in return he provides us with His healing powers. If you are suffering in pain, renew your faith in God and you will be blessed with His healing powers.
17. ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’
~ Deuteronomy 31:6
If you are feeling weak or afraid, just remember that God is with you. You may not be able to see Him, but He is always by your side wherever you go. His presence will give you the strength you need to live your life. If you need to feel strong, try to feel God’s presence, and use His strength as your own.
18. “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm, Nothing is too hard for you.”
~ Jeremiah 32:17
When you fear that even God’s strength is not enough to get you through a hard time, just remember everything that God has done. God was able to create the entire world; he made us. If he can do all those things, he can also be strong enough to help you deal with whatever you need strength for. Remember that no task is too great for the Lord. He is omnipotent and can give you as much strength as you require.
19. “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.’
~ Psalm 59:16
This verse highlights the way in which God is your biggest provider of strength, and biggest protector. A fortress is a strong and protective support, and God is that to each and every one of us. If you accept God’s strength and help, and embrace His love for you, He will be there to support you and give you courage. Even if you do not feel support from the people around you, there will always be an innate strength in you because God has given you strength by being your refuge. You can rely on Him to be your protection no matter how weak you feel.
20. ‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’
~ Timothy 1:7
The kind of strength that God can give us is not purely physical or obvious; it can be a subtle kind of strength to help you through even slightly bad days. This verse shows us that if we need willpower and motivation to be our best selves, God can provide us with that kind of strength. God can also strengthen our relationships with others, because he gives us the power of love, which is omnibenevolent.
21. ‘Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.’
~ 1 Corinthians 16:13
It almost sounds too simple to be true, but finding strength really is simple. We do not have to look anywhere else to find strength but in ourselves. You have the ability to do whatever you need to do in order to feel fulfilled in life, so just do it!
22. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
~ Philippians 4:13
This verse should give you the faith that no matter what you are facing, and no matter what hardship you are going through, you will always have enough strength to deal with it. God gives us all the strength we need, and through Him we can do anything. If you want something enough, you can make it happen.
23. ‘But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’
~ Isaiah 40:31
Even if you have lost your way, and if you have grown distant from God, you can always find a way back. If you lose your faith, it can be renewed. If you grow weak, you can get strong again. God will always accept His children with open arms, no matter how far they have strayed from His teachings. If you renew your faith in the Lord, he will give you the strength to continue through life with positivity and courage. He will help you to soar and give you a zest for life, as long as you keep hope in Him.
24. ‘“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”’
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Sometimes, accepting our downfalls and our weaknesses can bring us closer to feeling powerful. This verse should remind us that it is in our human nature to be imperfect, and to feel weak. We should not be hard on ourselves if we are not exactly where we want to be, because God exists in all of us and we are good enough for Him. Embracing our weaknesses will help to make us stronger, because if you accept who you are, you can have a stronger sense of self. Realizing your weaknesses can give you direction for improvement, and give you the strength to work towards being who you want to be.
25. “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
~ Exodus 15:26
This verse shows how God rewards those who listen to his words and abide by Christian morals in their life. If you are loyal to God and keep faith in Him, he will always be there to heal you.
26. ‘Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.’
~ Proverbs 16:24
This Bible verse is important because it highlights the ways in which we can heal ourselves. If we are kind, and act with graciousness and good intentions, our bodies and souls will reap great rewards. Being moral and righteous strengthens our hearts, and keeps us close to God.
27. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’
~ Hebrews 13:8
Read this verse if you are ever doubting God and Jesus’s support. If you are in need of reassurance, remember that Christ is dependable; he is consistent in his love for you and in the strength he shares with you. You can rely on God and Christ to always be there for you, and that will never change. No matter how long your journey of healing or finding strength may be, God will be there with you every day.
28. ‘Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”’
~ Luke 8:50
If a loved one of yours is sick or suffering, it is a scary and testing time. This verse reminds us that if we have belief in Jesus and God’s powers, they have the ability to heal the sick. If you are scared of losing a loved one, try to keep faith in the knowledge that God will always support His children, and that He can heal anyone.
29. ‘The Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.’
~ Psalm 146:8
The Lord has the ability to rectify anyone’s troubling situation. From miraculously restoring the sight of a blind person, to giving strength and encouragement to someone who has lost their energy, God is always able to heal and reward those of us who act righteously. If you stay true to yourself and live with God’s values in mind, you will be healed by God for eternity.
30. ‘Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!’
~ Psalm 31:24
If you are scared of accepting the Lord and His blessings, just know that you are made with enough strength inside you to take the leap of faith and give open yourself up to God. Read this verse if you are struggling to find the strength to embrace your faith.
31. ‘On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased,’
~ Psalm 138:3
This verse tells us that if we ask for God, he will respond to us. God has the power not only to increase our physical and emotional strength, but also the strength of our souls. If you ask God for help, he will solidify your spirituality and make you whole.