Guidance, Strength, and Comfort

My wife gave me a Kindle for my birthday last month and I've really enjoyed it. In my search for free books I discovered G.C. Chesterton and a couple more authors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I also like the feature where you can see the most popular highlights from other Kindle readers.

I downloaded a free Bible and clicked "View Popular Highlights." It only turned up seven passages. There are more but this feature only shows the most popular. As I began reading, I started appreciating why these verses are meaningful to others and thought about the common needs these verses touch. As it turns out, these are some of my favorite verses too.

These verses are popular because they offer guidance, strength, and comfort. Not surprisingly, John 3:16 is the most popular.

Here they are from the English Standard Version (ESV).
Proverbs 3  (41 Highlighters)
5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6  In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. 
Matthew 6  (21 Highlighters)
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 
John 3  (85 Highlighters)
16  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 8  (35 Highlighters)
28  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 
I Corinthians 13  (43 Highlighters)
4  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
Philippians 4 (16 Highlighters)
6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8  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 4 (50 Highlighters)
13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Photo by MicheleLovesArt (Van Gogh Museum - Still life with bible, 1885) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 

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