100 Bible Verses about Growing

2 Peter 3:18 ESV / 181 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.

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:10 ESV / 86 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;

1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV / 85 helpful votes

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

Hebrews 6:1 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 77 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Hebrews 5:12-14 ESV / 74 helpful votes

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Colossians 2:6-7 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Hebrews 5:12 ESV / 64 helpful votes

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 63 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,

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Colossians 1:9-10 ESV / 60 helpful votes

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 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;

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 59 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Samuel 2:26 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 56 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 92:12 ESV / 56 helpful votes

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV / 49 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. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 49 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.

1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Ephesians 4:13 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

1 Peter 2:1-25 ESV / 46 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ...

Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, ...

1 Corinthians 3:2 ESV / 45 helpful votes

I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,

Malachi 4:2 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 44 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 44 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 92:12-14 ESV / 44 helpful votes

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:2-6 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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. Not only that, but 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. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

John 15:5 ESV / 42 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.

1 Timothy 4:15 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.

Luke 2:52 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Isaiah 11:1 ESV / 41 helpful votes

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 40 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.

1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Psalm 1:1-3 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 39 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.

Philippians 1:9 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

James 1:3 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 38 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Luke 8:14-15 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

Hebrews 6:2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

1 Timothy 4:11-15 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Philippians 3:10 ESV / 36 helpful votes

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 35 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Ephesians 4:13-16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 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.

Ephesians 3:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

How the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

Ephesians 2:21 ESV / 35 helpful votes

In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 12:1 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

2 Peter 1:5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:20-24 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Isaiah 5:1-30 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. ...

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

2 Timothy 2:3 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

Luke 17:5 ESV / 33 helpful votes

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

Psalm 34:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Philippians 3:2 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.

Galatians 3:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

1 Peter 3:18 ESV / 31 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,

Hebrews 6:1-2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Ephesians 4:3 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Jeremiah 12:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

You plant them, and they take root; they grow and produce fruit; you are near in their mouth and far from their heart.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 13:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

2 Timothy 3:3 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,

2 Corinthians 13:5-7 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed.

Colossians 2:7 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Ephesians 4:14 ESV / 28 helpful votes

So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 1:8 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Galatians 5:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.

Proverbs 20:29 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

Ephesians 4:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

Leviticus 19:32 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 47:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

Job 12:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.

Psalm 73:26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 46:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Job 32:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’

Psalm 92:14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

Psalm 71:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.

Genesis 1:29 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

1 Timothy 5:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,

1 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

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