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Verses that Encourage

Matthew and Mark

Those who don't accept LGBTQ individuals will often quote the "clobber" passages from the Bible - 4 passages from the Old Testament and 3 passages in the New Testament. However, there are over 370 passages in the New Testament that are encouraging to all people, including the LGBTQ community.  How does that compare?  When wondering if those who identify as LGBTQ are loved by God, I encourage you to read and ponder these verses that apply to you and to your LGBTQ friends and family members.


MT 5:5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.


MT 5:10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.


MT 5:11 Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.


MT 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.


MT 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.


MT 7:1 Do not judge so that you will not be judged.


MT 7:12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the prophets.


MT 7:17-18 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.


MT 9: 12-13 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.  But go and learn what this means: “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,” for I did not come to all the righteous, but sinners.”


MT 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are numbered.


MT 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls! For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


MT 12:33-35 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.  You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man rings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.


MT 13:23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.


MT 14:27 “Take courage, it is I: do not be afraid.”


MT 18:3-4 “Truly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”


MT 18:14 Thus, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.


MT 19:26 With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. 


MT 21:22 And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.


MT 21:43-44 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”


MT 22:37-40 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. 


MT 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.


MT 25:35-36 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me. 


MT 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them. “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”


Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.


Mark 12:29-31 Jesus answered: The foremost is, “Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall 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. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. ​

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