100 Bible Verses about Imitating Christ

1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV / 228 helpful votes

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1 ESV / 178 helpful votes

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

1 Peter 2:21 ESV / 171 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 / 125 helpful votes

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

Philippians 3:17 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 4:16 ESV / 80 helpful votes

I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 69 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 5:1-2 ESV / 64 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.

1 Thessalonians 1:6 ESV / 62 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,

Philippians 2:5 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 56 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.

Ephesians 5:2 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

John 13:34 ESV / 52 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.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 48 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 6:40 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

Matthew 16:24 ESV / 47 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.

John 14:6 ESV / 44 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.

John 13:15 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:1-30 ESV / 43 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 12:2 ESV / 43 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 13:7 ESV / 42 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.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 42 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.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 41 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.

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV / 41 helpful votes

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Luke 9:23 ESV / 41 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 5:48 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Romans 13:14 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 36 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.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 36 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.

1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 35 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.

Romans 7:25 ESV / 35 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.

John 14:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:36 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:21-22 ESV / 33 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.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 33 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 33 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.

Ephesians 5:23 ESV / 33 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.

Galatians 3:27 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

John 1:14 ESV / 33 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.

James 3:9 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 32 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.

Philippians 2:1 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Romans 6:4 ESV / 32 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.

Acts 18:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

John 15:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:19 ESV / 31 helpful votes

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 2:5 ESV / 31 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 Peter 3:15 ESV / 31 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,

Hebrews 10:23 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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.

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 31 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.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:16 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?

1 John 3:16 ESV / 30 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 John 1:9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 28 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. ...

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Philippians 1:21 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 26 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 2:17 ESV / 26 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 ESV / 26 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.

Titus 2:10 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:17 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

Acts 10:38 ESV / 25 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.

1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 24 helpful votes

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

John 5:39 ESV / 24 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,

Hebrews 2:10 ESV / 23 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.

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Galatians 1:14 ESV / 23 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.

Mark 8:34 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 10:38 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

3 John 1:11 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

1 John 5:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:15 ESV / 22 helpful votes

If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:12 ESV / 22 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,

John 8:12 ESV / 22 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.”

1 John 1:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 21 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,

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 3:17 ESV / 21 helpful votes

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Romans 1:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 21 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. ...

Deuteronomy 25:13-16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.

1 John 4:2 ESV / 20 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 3:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:12 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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