The encouragement verses listed below are especially meaningful to us as Biblestudy.org started as an independent ministry of Barnabas Ministries. Barnabas was a first century A.D. apostle (Acts 14:14, 1Corinthians 9:5, etc.) and evangelist who worked closely with the apostle Paul. His name, in the original Greek, means "son of consolation" or "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36).
The Bible verses offering encouragement below include bracketed words that offer additional meanings.
Promise of eternal life
And this is the witness [testimony, evidence]: that God has given us eternal [perpetual] life, and this life is in His Son (1John 5:11, HBFV).
Our first of ten passages offering encouragement is a promise of living forever. God, through his perfect love, has provided a means through which humans can transcend the limitations of their physical lives and live forever with him in his spiritual family. This path to eternity is made possible through Jesus Christ.
Promise of forgiveness and perfection
If we confess our sins, he is faithful [trustworthy] and just [righteous] and will forgive us our sins and purify [cleanse] us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9, NIV).
Those who are willing to humble themselves and repent before God can be assured not only that their sins will be forgiven, but also that someday their human nature will no longer exist. It will be replaced, when believers are changed from a flesh-based to a spirit-based existence, with the same righteous character as their Creator!
Promise of guidance
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding [knowledge, wisdom]. In all your ways acknowledge [give credit to] Him, and He shall direct [make straight] your paths [the road you travel] (Proverbs 3:5 - 6, HBFV).
It is all too easy for humans, even those who have God's spirit, to trust in or default to their own human nature in regards to life's decisions. The encouragement of the Bible is that if believers take their concerns to the Lord and trust in him, and give him the glory for helping them, he will point them in the right direction regarding their lives.
Promise of help in trials
No temptation [evil, adversity] has come upon you except what is common to mankind.
For God, Who is faithful [trustworthy], will not permit you to be tempted [tested, tried] beyond what you are able to bear; but with the temptation, He will make a way of escape [an exit, a way out], so that you may be able to bear [stand up under, endure] it (1Corinthians 10:13, HBFV).
Many times, when trials beset us, we may feel as if no one else has struggled with the same problems as we have. God, through Paul, offers us encouragement through the fact that whatever difficulties and struggles come our way that they are by no means unique.
Promise of perfect reconciliation
Consequently, there is now no condemnation [verdict against] to those who are in Christ Jesus, who are not walking according to the flesh [human nature], but according to the Spirit [God's way of life] (Romans 8:1, HBFV).
Those who walk with God (meaning that they strive to think and act as he does) are encouraged to remember they will never be condemned before him.
Nothing between us and God
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38 - 39, HBFV).
In some circumstances we may find ourselves doubting God's presence in our lives. Our Father, however, promises that nothing can come between him and his children! This encouragement is especially needed when we feel the weight of trials and troubles is unusually heavy upon our shoulders.
Promise of power to overcome
I can do all things through Christ, Who empowers [strengthens] me (Philippians 4:13, HBFV).
Jesus made it plain that of ourselves we can do nothing (John 15:5). We are encouraged, however, to remain faithful to him so that our lives make a difference in the world.
The end of loss
And God shall wipe away [obliterate, erase, blot out] every tear from their eyes; and there shall not be any more death, or sorrow [mourning, grief], or crying; neither shall there be any more pain [anguish], because the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4, HBFV).
The tremendous encouragement and hope of the above verses makes them one of the most often recited sections of Scripture in eulogies or in gravesite services. God's personal promise is that all the sadness and loss experienced by humans will someday end and never return!
Promise of a great reward
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life . . .
And they who are wise shall shine [gleam] as the brightness of the firmament [heavens], and they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever [eternally, perpetually] and ever (Daniel 12:2 - 3, HBFV).
God knows all the works of his saints and will never forget their labors. This encouragement reminds us that there will come a day when those who served him in this life are richly rewarded!
Our last of ten encouragement passages in the Bible promises everything will work out for our benefit.
And we know that all things work together for good [benefit] to those who love God, to those who are called [invited, appointed] according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, HBFV).