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bible verses about following the law

God’s will for our lives has reason and purpose. It is through scripture, where we can find meaning and principles discerning God’s will. if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about a relationship and spiritual connection rather than just religion. You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber-stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will. Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.

Seek God’s will and plan for your life through obedience, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit. Use these Bible verses about the will of God to gain a better understanding of His plan for your life.

Bible Verses aboutFollowing Jesus

 

Matthew 16:24 ESV / 381 helpful votes 

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

1 Peter 2:21 ESV / 368 helpful votes 

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

John 8:12 ESV / 322 helpful votes 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV / 319 helpful votes 

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Luke 9:23 ESV / 180 helpful votes 

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 149 helpful votes 

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

John 10:27 ESV / 147 helpful votes 

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

1 John 2:3-4 ESV / 140 helpful votes 

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Mark 8:34 ESV / 131 helpful votes 

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV / 128 helpful votes 

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Matthew 10:22 ESV / 108 helpful votes 

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 4:19 ESV / 107 helpful votes 

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV / 94 helpful votes 

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

John 12:26 ESV / 81 helpful votes 

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Luke 18:22 ESV / 81 helpful votes 

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

John 15:16-17 ESV / 78 helpful votes 

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

John 15:14 ESV / 78 helpful votes 

You are my friends if you do what I command you.

James 2:20-24 ESV / 65 helpful votes 

Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Matthew 4:19-25 ESV / 65 helpful votes 

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. …

John 15:5-8 ESV / 63 helpful votes 

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

John 14:6 ESV / 60 helpful votes 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 54 helpful votes 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 10:38 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Galatians 5:25 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

John 14:26 ESV / 43 helpful votes 

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.

Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV / 40 helpful votes 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 39 helpful votes 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Mark 10:21 ESV / 38 helpful votes 

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

John 16:33 ESV / 37 helpful votes 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 8:31-32 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Luke 14:25-35 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, …

Matthew 19:21 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

John 6:55-59 ESV / 31 helpful votes 

For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

Luke 5:27-33 ESV / 30 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. …

Bible Verses aboutFollowing Instructions

 

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 148 helpful votes 

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

2 Timothy 3:1-4:22 ESV / 75 helpful votes 

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. …

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 72 helpful votes 

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

1 John 2:3-4 ESV / 56 helpful votes 

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 51 helpful votes 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 50 helpful votes 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Acts 13:1-4 ESV / 39 helpful votes 

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

1 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV / 29 helpful votes 

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes 

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV / 23 helpful votes 

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Matthew 10:8 ESV / 22 helpful votes 

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

John 2:6-10 ESV / 21 helpful votes 

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Matthew 9:6-8 ESV / 20 helpful votes 

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

1 Peter 3:18-22 ESV / 19 helpful votes 

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 ESV / 19 helpful votes 

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 3:1-5 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

John 6:55-59 ESV / 15 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

Bible Verses aboutFollowing Your Heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 344 helpful votes 

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV / 249 helpful votes 

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. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Luke 12:34 ESV / 247 helpful votes 

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 15:19 ESV / 178 helpful votes 

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 170 helpful votes 

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

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 129 helpful votes 

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 129 helpful votes 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Romans 10:10 ESV / 119 helpful votes 

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Psalm 73:26 ESV / 88 helpful votes 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 ESV / 83 helpful votes 

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 74 helpful votes 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 5:8 ESV / 70 helpful votes 

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Romans 5:5 ESV / 51 helpful votes 

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV / 50 helpful votes 

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

John 14:27 ESV / 49 helpful votes 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

John 14:1 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Philippians 4:7 ESV / 42 helpful votes 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 21:34 ESV / 42 helpful votes 

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.

Proverbs 15:13 ESV / 42 helpful votes 

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Proverbs 23:19 ESV / 37 helpful votes 

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

Psalm 130:7 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

Numbers 15:39 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.

Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV / 35 helpful votes 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Mark 12:30 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Ezekiel 11:19 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

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