25 Encouraging Scripture Verses for Families

If you read my blog the other day: “I Wish I Were A Perfect Parent“, you will have taken note of the fact that when I need encouragement as a parent I turn to Scripture.  Share these scripture verses with your family, you may like to write them on your “door frames” and imprint them on your heart as we are told to do in Deuteronomy.

Genesis 2:24“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Genesis 33:5  “Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.  Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

Joshua 24:15  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Psalm 103:17  “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—”

Psalm 127:3-5  “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.   Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Psalm 128:3  “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.”

2 Chronicles 20:13  All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.”

Proverbs 1:8  “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

Proverbs 12:7  “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.”

Proverbs 15:20  “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.”

Proverbs 22:6  “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 31:28-29  “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

Acts 10:2  “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”

Romans 8:16-17  “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Romans 8:22-23  “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”

Romans 9:4  “…the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.”

Galatians 4:4-7  “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

Ephesians 1:3-6  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

Ephesians 3:14-15  “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”

Ephesians 6:1-2  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—”

Ephesians 6:4  “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”.

Colossians 3:18-20  Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.   Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

1 Timothy 3:2-5  “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)”

1 Timothy 5:8  “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

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31 Responses to 25 Encouraging Scripture Verses for Families

  1. Likhona Angela Mafanya says:

    i would love to read these again…God bless..Thankyou

  2. Revd Felicia Stephen-Okoye says:

    Well done and thanks for sharing this.

  3. Don says:

    Thank you for these scripture study verses.

  4. Nora says:

    Hi, i grew up in the Catholic Church and due to several problems with the church and my faith I walked away from it all, several years later a good friend of mine invited me to church and I found my way back to the Lord. My youngest children have accepted this and gladly join me in church every Sunday, we discuss the sermon and we pray together. My oldest son however, is trying me saying that there is no God and takes every approach from me as a hostile challenge. I’ve started faith journals for all of them and want to write inspiring verses for him so that he can realize that God is there for him, any help would be appreciated!

  5. Ronly A says:

    I thank God to be visiting and reading of your experiences, I have been married for 9 years now with four daughters, living in Vanuatu in the South Pacific near Fiji. My wife and I both Christians and did bible college and worked as full time Christian workers in our local church(NTM Inner-life churches Vanuatu believing in holiness) for about eight years living with little but had seen God helped us a lot. My advice in Marriage from my view is that husbands need to love your wife as Christ loved the church, needs to lead the family in his life of being fully trusting in God for all in life, Take God at His word. Faith is seeing a blessed future and a happy family in Christ, looking at the positive side of your wife and children and your pastor even if you see some failures. Have faith in God for everything you need in life. Put God first, give your heart to Jesus, Give your life, your money, your time to Jesus, Complete surrender and Jesus will lead you in the life of Peace that God has prepared for you as was said in Psalm 23. He leads me beside the still waters,…. prepares a feast in front of my enemy (debts, unforgiveness, greediness, hatred, anger…) life of enjoyment and peace in the midst of all life’s troubles. This is the abundant life Jesus came to gave us.

    I would say we stop doing things our way and rely on God to lead our family life so we can overcome all struggles.

    Phil 2. Paul says we should have the mind of Christ, putting others interest our priority, that we should let rule our mind when we deal with our family life.

    I am sure and have seen this work in my life to be living holy, life of Christ is the way of peace and love and prosperity in our family life first spiritually then physically.

    Whatever situation you are in, keep trusting God, Check you actions, intents, Is it out of faith,love? Or is it out of fear which results from unbelieve. Live by faith, never loose sight of Jesus Christ our saviour.

    Thank you for letting me share a thought out of my heart to help somebody in need. I believe God can fix all problems heal any sickness if you come to Him, rely on Him and no other.

    May God bless you all

  6. Deborah says:

    Hi, married 37 years , 7 years ago, lost our home and jobs and moved very far from family, big mistake. Husband is mentally disabled suffers with depression,/ ptsd from shock of losing everything, he hates god now, we sleep in seperate rooms, marriage is broken and dont know what to do, we use to be so happy.

    • Edgar says:

      I, felt compelled to tell you that the Lord, is not blind to any of this. It may seem helpless, he has not come to your aide but in fact he is working to bless you! We, all know many versus but some times we just need to be remember he knew us, and all our troubles before hand in order to bring us out stronger then before! The strongest steel is tried through fire so are we, at times but his love will always be there for us. I, have prayed for you and know he, will show himself to you and bring you through this stronger then you could have imagined. I, know and believe this is true for you as well as for me. Just a stranger in this world but your brother in Christ.

      1 Timothy 5:8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

  7. Erica Rai says:

    Truly encouraging…

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  9. Bible verses about family says:

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  10. Tyra Chrisman says:

    To Jim,

    I feel your pain as my husband’s oldest daughter treats us the same way. She is still angry about the divorce between her mom and dad. My husband and I are a year apart in age so it is not age that upsets her as much as it is her holier than thou and know it all attitude (which we all at that age had). She too claims to be a Christian and condemned us for attending and leading in the church. She tries to apply the letter of the law. And in so doing, forsakes the love and compassion of it. She is someone who can see everyone else’s sin but not her own. She disrespects her dad and tried to do the same to me.

    Here is what we have done, we hold fast to the Word. Your wife comes before your children, especially your grown children. No, I’m not just saying that because I am the wife in this situation. It is the Biblical advice I gave to others, even my own daughter concerning her step mom and dad. You two are one. That means that you show a united front and let no one come in between that. You still love your daughter. What that means is still call her, invite to be apart of family activities, correct her in love, do not ever allow her to disrespect you or your wife and pray for her daily. Many think that love consist of being a mat and letting them have their way. No, it is loving them enough to correct them when they are wrong and setting standards that you do not allow them to cross. Your house, your rules. When dealing with a grown child, your parenting relationship changes, but you will always be her father and accordingly are deserving of her honor and respect. It’s okay to have daughter father dates outside of your wife attending, so long as your daughter maintains that respect for your wife and your marriage. But once she begins to refuse to come in the house with “her” or begins to speak negatively about your wife, you correct her. If it continues, you end the date with a hug and a I love you. Because you two are now one, what your daughter does to you wife is done to you and vise versa.

    It is difficult to deal with this type of spirit. But it is a spirit so you must deal with it as such. I had to tell my 25 year old that I would not speak to her as long as she was being disrespectful. As an adult, we feel we can do what we want when we want. But as a parent, I must continue to send the message that we are all accountable to our CREATOR, no matter what the age. I still spoke to her when I saw her, I still covered her in prayer, I told her I loved her when seeing her, sent her letters confessing my love but denouncing her behavior and I still maintained a relationship with my granddaughter but I held firm to not standing for the disrespectful spirit. You too are GOD’S child so you must know your worth. I have given to much, sacrificed everything for my children and do not deserve what she was dishing out. We may not be able to control what they do and say. But we can decide whether we will allow ourselves and our households to be subjected to their mess. And you as the man of your household is the protector and coverer of it and everything in it. A household your daughter no longer resides in.

    Yes, your daughter and our daughters are hurting, but we must reinforce that they are still responsible for their actions in the mist of their pain. Even if she views you as her enemy, the Word is clear that we as believers are not to repay evil for evil; that we are to love our enemies and do for those who mistreat us.

    And the do not judge scripture many times is misused. That scripture is teaching us as children of the MOST HIGH GOD how to properly judge. It speaks to a hypocritical outlook. It still applies to your daughter’s behavior. However, just be aware that it is first warning us that the same way we judge, we will be judged. So, we must be careful how we choose to judge. In order to judge rightly, we must deal with our own sin so we can see clearly to help someone else in their struggles. Dealing with our own sin brings with it a humble spirit, a gentleness and a love to reach out and help someone else. Then when I see your sin, I want to help you through your struggle because I understand the pain you are going through. It gets rid of the self righteous attitude that, I, am some how qualified to help you because my life is so perfect.

    The approach I gave you takes a lot of work and many choose not to do it because of that. Many would rather deal with the spiritual deformity and allow that demon place in their home to divide and conquer. And although our 25 daughter and I had been restored, our 21 year old still remains distant and does not speak to us at all. My husband called her to congratulate her on the birth of our grandson, her first child. The response he got was anger and lashing out at us. He told her that we loved her and was not going to allow her to be disrespectful. Then he said goodbye and hung up. This is tough love 101. Do we want to be there to help our daughter through motherhood? Yes. Do we want to hold our grand son in our arms? Yes. But if we give in and allow her to act and do whatever, we will continue to have our home disrupted by her tantrums and rebellious spirit. We hurt for the lost time but still have not given up hope. And just like the father of the prodigal son had to let him go. When his son was truly repentant, he stood ready to welcome him back home and receive him.

    Your daughter may never come to love the fact of the marriage being so. But as a child of GOD, she must respect the institution of your marriage and the position you both now stand in. Both were created and is protected by GOD as sacred.

    GOD Bless you and I hope this helps.

  11. phoebe kiamba says:

    the lord is faithful he’ l meet the desires of ur heart may the lorf fill ur heart with happiness

  12. cathee de guzman says:

    Please pray for me that I would have a happy life again after my annulment help to accept totally my life now to move forward and be happy with others on seeing them happy like I used to see my ex with his new partner in life help me lord to understand this and empower me with your holy spirit that instead of looking back I can now appreciate those people that surrounds me and love me most like my mom andy kids bless me lord with overflowing joy and abundance in life I ask and pray in Jesus name our lord god, amen
    Please pray for me as I need u!

  13. Kiera Washington says:

    So instead of doing my usual routine before bed something popped into my mind that I should look up Bible Verses. I am so glad I did. Quite a few of the verses hit home with me. Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:1-2, & Timothy 5:8. « I want to tape this on my mirror so that i see as I’m getting ready every morning! As our family is going thru tough stuff right now .. This was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much!

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  17. Jo says:

    Hi Jim,
    My friend Emma who is the same age as your wife has a husband who is 63. We were skeptical but it is a marriage made in heaven and they have now been married for 10 years with 2 children. Perhaps at this early stage you should concentrate on maintaining a relationship with your daughter. After all, she may feel that she’s is competing for her fathers attention. Corinthians 13…

    • jim stegall says:

      Jo, My daughter lives in another state and has visited her mom several times over last few months without seeing me ay all. I will freely admit that when she and her brother were children I didn’t have much time for them as I chased a PTSD driven need for adrenalin. My son and I have a great relationship. He was best man in the aug 30 wedding. He lives here in same town as we do. I can tell you that my daughter is very judgmental, even as to who should be going to church or not. And by that I mean after her mom and I divorced years ago she thought it just terrible that her mom and new live in man would set foot in church. So this is the hypocritical mentality I’m dealing with. I know of a few scriptures that come to mind….”judge not, lest you be judged”.

      • Renee says:


        Hi. Im sorry for the hurt and frustration you are experiencing. For me, whether or not another person, even family is conducting themself in a christian manner is between them and God. God tells us to keep our eyes on him as others will disappoint us. We do it ourselves. It would be best to focus on building your relationship with your daughter and leave Amanda out of the relationship. Yes, shes your wife but she just that- YOUR wife. She married you because she wants a life with you- she prob didnt do it with the intent to gain to adult children:-) they are an extension of you, a bonus. You will likely have the healthiest relationships with each if you focus on each one individually. You shouldnt pressure ur daughter to like or love Amanda- if that happens, it happens. Otherwise let ur daughter know you love her and A relationship with her with no pressure. Then let it be:-) wish you all the best!!!

  18. jim stegall says:

    Can someome help me with a problem. My daughter professes to be a strong Christian. At the same time she has a problem accepting, or even giving a chance to my new wife. I am very young fit active 65, my wife is an 8 year Army vet, combat medic and mature for 35, my daughter is 40. Obviously she has a problem with our respective age difference. Does someone know some scripture that might entice my daughter to give my wife a chance. We just got married after dating for over a year. There has been no ill between them, but my daughter is just quite standoffish and so far has not shown any desire to get to know Amanda.

  19. Venus Anders says:

    Being Co – dependant on a mother with severe drug addiction, a man with sexual addictions, disobedient children…I feel it is a hard pill to swallow 1 Timothy 5:8…pray my strength in The Lord.

  20. Daisy Burroughs says:

    Pray for my family thanks

    • Jacque says:

      I just prayed for you and your family. I pray that you find the peace that you seek and know that it is in Christ our Savior. Much love to you Daisy and your lovely family. Sisters in Christ, Jacque

      • Hannah njoki nganga says:

        I just pray that you surrender your heart to jesus give him all your disappointments, pain,and sufferings, which him alone can understand and he is going to give you the strength to move forward,and you will get pease,also I wont you to know that those who seek the lord shall not lack any good thing,so do not be afraid, he is there for you, sister in christ hannah.

  21. Sherry Glasscock says:

    I stumbled on your site searhing for encouragment and I see now why He opened this portal
    I am grateful for the verses I relate to being there in black and white and I don’t feel so alone

  22. Welling says:

    Until the Lord the builds the home, all our efforts would be in vain.

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