When I first started leading Radical Mentoring groups in 2001, I went through the verses I’d marked in my Bible and copied over those that guided my life. I labeled each one with a theme or keyword to help me remember that verse ‘in the moment.’ Over the years, associating verses with a keyword has helped me remember and apply God’s Word to my daily life in amazing ways.
I thought it might be helpful to share my top twelve, the verses I most value and that God brings to my mind most often. Here goes . . .
Fear: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Decision-Making: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Wisdom: By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant treasures. (Proverbs 24:3-4)
Priorities: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Marriage: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. (Ephesians 5:25)
Fatherhood: Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart. (Colossians 3:21)
Words: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
Faith: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Love: But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things, there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Time: Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Prayer: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Gentle and Humble in Heart: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11: 29)
Commit these verses (or others meaningful to you) to memory and watch as God “brings them to your remembrance” to help you in all kinds of different situations.
Scripture: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)