100 Bible Verses about Imitating Christ

1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV / 472 helpful votes

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1 ESV / 308 helpful votes

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

1 Peter 2:21 ESV / 305 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.

1 John 2:6 ESV / 246 helpful votes

Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV / 190 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.

Philippians 3:17 ESV / 174 helpful votes

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

Philippians 2:5 ESV / 151 helpful votes

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 4:16 ESV / 151 helpful votes

I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

John 13:34 ESV / 144 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 3:16 ESV / 131 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.

Matthew 16:24 ESV / 123 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.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 122 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.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 110 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Ephesians 5:2 ESV / 109 helpful votes

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

John 14:6 ESV / 109 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 Thessalonians 1:6 ESV / 106 helpful votes

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 104 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:48 ESV / 104 helpful votes

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 103 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.

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV / 96 helpful votes

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

John 1:14 ESV / 96 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:1 ESV / 93 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Romans 8:29 ESV / 93 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.

Luke 6:36 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 91 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 87 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 85 helpful votes

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Peter 2:21-22 ESV / 83 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. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 83 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 83 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.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 82 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,

Hebrews 13:7 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Romans 7:25 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

1 John 4:19 ESV / 79 helpful votes

We love because he first loved us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 78 helpful votes

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

John 15:13 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:22 ESV / 77 helpful votes

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Hebrews 10:23 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:1-30 ESV / 75 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...

Romans 6:4 ESV / 75 helpful votes

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

John 13:15 ESV / 75 helpful votes

For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Luke 6:40 ESV / 75 helpful votes

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Hebrews 2:10 ESV / 74 helpful votes

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Acts 10:38 ESV / 73 helpful votes

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 69 helpful votes

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

John 14:15 ESV / 69 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Hebrews 2:17 ESV / 67 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.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Ephesians 5:23 ESV / 67 helpful votes

For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

Romans 13:14 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

3 John 1:11 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 66 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.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 66 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.

1 John 2:5 ESV / 65 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:

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 65 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. ...

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Acts 18:4 ESV / 64 helpful votes

And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

James 3:9 ESV / 63 helpful votes

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

Colossians 3:20 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 60 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 59 helpful votes

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 59 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.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:10 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 56 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.

Philippians 2:5-8 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 56 helpful votes

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 55 helpful votes

So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Galatians 1:14 ESV / 55 helpful votes

And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 54 helpful votes

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Philippians 4:2 ESV / 53 helpful votes

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

1 John 4:2 ESV / 49 helpful votes

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 49 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Philippians 1:21 ESV / 49 helpful votes

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:1-30 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. ...

1 Corinthians 11:1-34 ESV / 49 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. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. ...

John 13:34-35 ESV / 49 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 8:12 ESV / 49 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.”

John 5:39 ESV / 49 helpful votes

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

2 Timothy 2:1-5 ESV / 48 helpful votes

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Galatians 3:27 ESV / 48 helpful votes

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Genesis 4:7 ESV / 48 helpful votes

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Romans 12:9 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Exodus 13:3 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.

James 1:25-27 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 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.

Hebrews 11:5-7 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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. 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. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,

Romans 3:22-28 ESV / 46 helpful votes

The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ...

Psalm 99:5 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

Philippians 3:1-21 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; ...

Philippians 2:12 ESV / 44 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,

Luke 9:23 ESV / 43 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 5:14-16 ESV / 42 helpful votes

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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