What is a Life Verse? 20 Good Choices For Yours

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Have you chosen your life verse from the Bible? Some Christians, especially new Christians do not even know what a “life verse” is. Simply stated, a life verse is a verse from the Bible (or a small passage) that you choose to be your most favorite verse; it is the one that you commit to memory to share with others. When you spend lots of time in Christian circles you should expect that someone may ask you about your life verse. Now, considering that there are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, it may be no easy task to choose just one. I have great news! Here are just 20 good choices for your life verse. Perhaps this will be helpful if you have not already chosen one.

Pamela’s Life Verse: Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Dr. Mike’s Life Verse (Pamela’s husband): Psalms 37:23 (KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Your Life Verses

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalms 19:14 (KJV) Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 119:133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

Proverbs 29:19 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for 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.

John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

What’s Yours?

We would love to add to this collection. Feel free to comment below with your life verse.


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Chris Martel April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

John 1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it


Pamela Rose Williams April 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Amen Chris, thanks for sharing!


Mabel Jacome April 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. This has been one of my favorite verses, since I started my walk with God, and this is the verse I dream, hope I can honestly say with all sincerety, confidence & courage someday…Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.


Pamela Rose Williams April 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you for your honest reply Mabel Jacome, I do love that John 16:33 verse it is filled with so much hope. I hope you can come by and visit again soon.


Jack April 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Jeremiah 20:9 “If I say, “I will not mention his Word or speak anymore in His name,” His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”


Pamela Rose Williams April 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Praise God for that brother! indeed, I cannot either much of it spills over into this lovely site. I am so honored to share that Word of God here at WCWTK amongst so many godly men. Blessings to you Jack and thanks for sharing!


Josh April 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.


Pamela Rose Williams April 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

Hi Josh, AMEN! That is a life verse full of hope and one that I have seen tested over and over. Thanks for sharing!


Tjanus April 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Luke 2:10-11. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord


Pamela Rose Williams April 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi Tjanus, “goon news of great joy”, yes indeed! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your verse.


Dolores Lewis April 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

When I was a small child, the first scripture I remember memorizing was John 3:16. It was the verse I had to recite in the Christmas Play. I remember memorizing it and when it came my turn to say my verse in the play, I was so excited to say my verse, I knew it so well. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”


Pamela Rose Williams April 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

Hello Dolores, Perhaps the most popular memory verse of all time! How fun that you got to share it in a play. Thanks for dropping in and please visit again soon.


Mattias Wemay April 11, 2012 at 2:03 am

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.


Pamela Rose Williams April 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

Welcome Mattias Wemay, That is a good couple of verses to study out as well as to have a your life verse. I love how verse 3 explains verse explains verse 1 — letting the Bible teach you the Bible. Very good, thanks for leaving your comment here.


Mattias Wemay April 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

Thank you for posting it Pamela. Oft times it is tough being a believer in Indonesia, where the Moslems are getting more and more violent and discriminating of anything Christian. Verses like these keep me strong.


Pamela Rose Williams April 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm



Brandi April 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

1 Thess 5:16-22

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,reject every kind of evil.
– Amen!


Pamela Rose Williams April 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Nice Brandi, thanks for adding to the collection. Come back and visit again soon!


Albert Osae April 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Mine is;

 24 “‘“The LORD bless you
   and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine upon you
   and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
   and give you peace.”’


Pamela Rose Williams April 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Hello Albert Osae, when I graduated high school many, many years ago we sang those verses at the commencement ceremony. I found this for you to listen to — it is not us singing but it is a similar rendition: http://youtu.be/oHBeRutj76o


Faith Williams April 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Psalm 62:1-2
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
This is my favorite verse because it helps me get through all the struggles of my last year of high school. And moving to a new school. Thank you Jesus for verses like these that can pick me up off my feet!


Pastor Charles Gordon May 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

My life verse chose me: Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. (NASB)


Jill Gordon May 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

My life verse, given at my confirmation, is this:
Luke 11:9-10 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. (NASB)


Erica Garzaro June 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

Matthew 11: 28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and i will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for i am meed and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

these verses always uplift me in my time of need!


bradley June 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

LUKE ch8 v11; She said,”No man LORD.” And Jesus said unto her,”Neither do I condemn you:go,and sin no more”


Judy June 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Matthew 6:27 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I by nature am a worrier so when I start down that path this is what I turn to. Worry is a waste of time and energy. Time & energy God wants me to spend serving Him.


Pamela Rose Williams June 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

WOW! So many wonderful choices for a life verse. Thank you all for sharing and be sure to drop in again at WCWTK for more great articles. Blessings to you all!


Kaitlynn July 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Phillipians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


GodsGrace August 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:10, 12 NIV)

I’m 14, but I think this explains it 🙂 there was another verse I love, I can’t remember it exactly, but it went something along the lines on “you realize, don’t you? that you are the temple of god and he himself is in you?” I love that aswell 🙂


Steven August 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

(MKJV) John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will in no way cast out.

I have been bought with a price for 20 yrs. this month. I am now 55 and grew up church smart. I now have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. From the very beginning of my salvation this verse tells us Gods love is open to all who come humble and with Godly repentance. I love you Jesus.


Laura August 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Job 12:10 “In his hand is the life of every living creature and the breath of all mankind.”

It is a great comfort to know that he holds me in his hand and always will. This verse also tells me that God is all powerful. In times of trouble or confusion, it comes to my mind and always brings a sense of peace and calm. What better place is there to be than in His hand!


Jason B September 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Philippians 4:13


Amy September 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Current Situation Verse :Matt 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things will be added unto you.

All about correct priorities… since mine can continue to get mixed up…

Over all Life Verse:
2 Cor 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Glory be to God!


Jennifer October 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)


Kelly October 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

(KJV) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13


Margo November 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Isaiah 60:20 (NIV)
Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.

I am a recently born-again Christian and when I read this verse for the first time, I immediately burst into tears. I shut God out of my life for almost a decade and during that time I felt so much emotional pain; it was suffocating me. I started to cautiously let God back in my life with the gentle encouragement of my wonderful boyfriend. One night I was really struggling with my emotional pain and he told me to read this verse; I am being totally honest when I say it changed my life. At that moment, with tears running down my face, I asked God for forgiveness and accepted Him with my whole heart and soul. I have never felt such a powerful sense of relief and I am so in awe of the power God has.


Ed January 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

“I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land.” (Psalm 143:6)

Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever felt like a parched land, where you yearn for God’s touch so bad, that just one whisper in your ear from Him will fill your soul with overwhelming joy? When you are at rock bottom and cry out to God, He will take you in His Almighty arms and carry you through your heartache. Praise His Name today!


Noel Whent January 15, 2013 at 12:31 am

My life verse is Jeremiah 31:3: The LORD appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.


Honey Paclarin January 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” -Deut. 6:5


paige January 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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.”


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

This is a great verse for reminding me to “Keep it Simple”. Keep my eyes on the Lord and all else will fall into place.


John January 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”


Barbara February 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

For He Will Command His Angels Concerning You To Guard You In All Your Ways. Psalm 91:11 NIV


Lawrence Jacob ALterado February 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

James 4:14-15 “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”


Kristin February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

My husband and I used this scripture in our “courting” to express out wonder in each other and God’s goodness towards us. We still use it often and in fact holds more meaning and intimacy then simply saying “I love you”.


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

*our* wonder


Ed C. March 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut 31:8 (NIV)


Pamela Rose Williams March 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Amen Ed!


Skylar March 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

1 Timothy 4:12
(NLT) Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all beleivers in what you say, the way you live your life, in your love, your faith, and your purity.


Irene May 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.


JAde May 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

PHILIPPIANS 1:21 (KJV) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.


Olivia August 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Isaiah 41:10-12
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.


Augustin S. Salac August 13, 2013 at 12:17 am

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.


Linda August 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

I call these verses “Theory of Life”
Phillippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm



Jessica August 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

Psalm 61: 2 (KJV)
From the ends of the earth I will cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than.


Madie September 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Ephesians 3:8
“Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.”


Lulu May 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Karl August 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

My “life verse” is Romans 5: 8, “But G_d demonstrates His own LOVE for toward US, in that while WE were YET SINNERS, C_rist died for US . NASB Emphasis added . How many times do WE, including myself, feel, attempt, to put restrictions, rules on potential Christ followers, such as, “you shouldn’t wear that type of clothing to church, you STILL smoke and attend church, or you watched THAT tv program ? We, as real, authentic Christ followers, should be following the example of Romans 5:8, demonstrating our love for the LOST.


Shea December 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Perhaps this verse could go hand-in-hand with what you have chosen?
“As for the one who is weak in faith, (I also add “different” or “young”) welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”
Romans 14:1
A reminder of our purpose in fellowship – growth and brotherhood, not condemnation, bickering, or anything but what is born from love. 🙂


Abigail Abanilla September 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I was reading my devotional today and I finally realized that I need a life verse. I’ve always been lazy to memorize bible verse and thought that having a mobile bible means I don’t need to memorize these verse. What I didn’t know was that when temptations strike, I would be too weak to even open my bible. And then I finally understood how important a life verse is. Now I use Isaiah 40:31 to remind me of God’s promise to give me strength to run this race. “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary. They shall and not be faint.”

Thanks for this list! I actually got mine from here.


Jay Kite October 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

James 1: 2-4
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
This was a hard one for me to understand for a long time, but now that I do, it gives me perfect peace in the toughest of times by knowing that God is taking this time to teach me to make me stronger in Him.


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I like this verse as well, only instead of “patience” I learned it as “perseverance” – a small but significant difference! 🙂


Kenneth Caines December 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)


Shea December 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Who are we that Christ should dwell within us? Blessed beyond measure!


Shea December 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for Hope and a Future. – Jeremiah 28:11

And also: “Be Still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10


Janet Cua December 22, 2014 at 4:15 am

Psalms 27 4 one thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple kjv


Rebecca Gray January 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.


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