100 Bible Verses about Christian Character

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 296 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Romans 5:3-5 ESV / 239 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 214 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 210 helpful votes

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.

2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV / 178 helpful votes

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

Colossians 3:12-15 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 122 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 114 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 113 helpful votes

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 Timothy 6:11 ESV / 76 helpful votes

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

John 15:13 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 70 helpful votes

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 69 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

James 1:2 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

Romans 13:14 ESV / 64 helpful votes

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

John 14:6 ESV / 63 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.

Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Romans 5:3-4 ESV / 59 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 56 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 3:16 ESV / 54 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 2:49 ESV / 54 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?”

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 53 helpful votes

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 53 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, ...

John 17:17 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!

Ruth 3:11 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Luke 23:34 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Titus 2:14 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 50 helpful votes

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Galatians 5:16-17 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

John 8:29 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”

John 6:27 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

1 Peter 1:22 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

Romans 8:29 ESV / 44 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 44 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

James 1:27 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Romans 5:5 ESV / 42 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.

2 John 1:9 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Hebrews 7:26 ESV / 41 helpful votes

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 Peter 2:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

James 1:19 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

1 Thessalonians 4:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,

Matthew 5:33-37 ESV / 40 helpful votes

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Psalm 25:21 ESV / 40 helpful votes

May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

1 John 5:3 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

1 John 2:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Mark 10:45 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

2 Peter 3:18 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV / 37 helpful votes

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

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.”

Proverbs 22:1 ESV / 37 helpful votes

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Hebrews 2:17 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Titus 2:1-14 ESV / 36 helpful votes

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ...

Luke 2:51 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

1 John 3:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

2 Peter 2:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

2 Timothy 2:24 ESV / 35 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

1 John 5:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

James 1:5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Romans 5:1-5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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.

James 1:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Psalm 15:1-2 ESV / 33 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

Revelation 2:2-3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 32 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 2:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Romans 6:12-13 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

James 4:6 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

Matthew 6:4 ESV / 28 helpful votes

So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Matthew 22:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 23 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

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