I believe there are many foundational Bible verses for our sons to know, understand, and live out in order to be the godly men they were created to be. Today, I’m sharing 10 of these verses.
I have a few suggestions for how these verses may be used to bolster your young man in his walk with Christ. If you have others, please leave a comment. I’d love to add a few more ideas.
- Pray them over your son. Add his name to the verse. This is a very powerful tool for praying mommas.
- Study the verses with your son. Understanding the context for which they were written can help your young man learn and understand how they fit into his own story.
- Use them as verses for Scripture memory. Write them on postcards or in a notebook.
- Create art with them using a program such as Word. Print them, frame them, and hang them around your home (in his room if he’ll allow it). I created a photo book for Ben with these and other verses the year he turned 13.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7-9)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. (Proverbs 20:11)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:56)
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9)
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Timothy 2:22-25)
The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31)
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)