100 Bible Verses about Christian Character

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 1,338 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 1,121 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 5:3-5 ESV / 884 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.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 810 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 / 727 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.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 638 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:12-15 ESV / 574 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.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 565 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:3-4 ESV / 520 helpful votes

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

John 15:13 ESV / 511 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:35 ESV / 505 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 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 502 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 498 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 494 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.”

John 3:16 ESV / 447 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.

Romans 5:5 ESV / 445 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.

Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 443 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 442 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.

Ruth 3:11 ESV / 442 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.

Romans 13:14 ESV / 423 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 416 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 406 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.

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 406 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:11 ESV / 394 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:22 ESV / 388 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 5:8 ESV / 383 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 378 helpful votes

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

Luke 23:34 ESV / 376 helpful votes

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

John 17:17 ESV / 374 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 14:6 ESV / 371 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.

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 369 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.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 366 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.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 365 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.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 354 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.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 352 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, ...

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 345 helpful votes

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

James 1:2 ESV / 336 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 336 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:14 ESV / 333 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 / 324 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 321 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 316 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.

Romans 5:4 ESV / 314 helpful votes

And endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 309 helpful votes

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

Luke 2:49 ESV / 305 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?”

John 6:27 ESV / 298 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.”

Psalm 25:21 ESV / 296 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 292 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 292 helpful votes

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

1 John 2:5 ESV / 291 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:

1 John 5:3 ESV / 290 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:3 ESV / 284 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 280 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 Peter 3:8 ESV / 278 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:24 ESV / 278 helpful votes

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

Romans 7:1-25 ESV / 275 helpful votes

Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. ...

Proverbs 22:1 ESV / 273 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:9 ESV / 272 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,

Romans 12:11 ESV / 272 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 265 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. ...

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 263 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,

2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV / 263 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 Peter 1:5 ESV / 260 helpful votes

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 259 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,

Romans 8:25 ESV / 256 helpful votes

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

James 1:27 ESV / 254 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.

James 4:8 ESV / 253 helpful votes

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

2 Peter 1:6 ESV / 252 helpful votes

And knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

James 1:19 ESV / 252 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 249 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Mark 10:45 ESV / 248 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.”

Galatians 5:1-26 ESV / 247 helpful votes

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. ...

Romans 12:9 ESV / 246 helpful votes

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV / 244 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 242 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 235 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 233 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.

1 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 231 helpful votes

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

James 1:12 ESV / 230 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.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 227 helpful votes

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

John 8:29 ESV / 227 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.”

Revelation 2:2-3 ESV / 222 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.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 221 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV / 217 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

John 16:33 ESV / 217 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.”

Psalm 15:1-2 ESV / 217 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;

Matthew 22:16 ESV / 215 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.

1 John 3:16 ESV / 211 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.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 ESV / 210 helpful votes

And to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 210 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.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 209 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.

Galatians 5:16-17 ESV / 203 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.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 200 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.

Colossians 1:10 ESV / 199 helpful votes

So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 199 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.

Hebrews 2:1 ESV / 193 helpful votes

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

2 John 1:9 ESV / 187 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 1:6-7 ESV / 182 helpful votes

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 173 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 7:26 ESV / 171 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.

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