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Key Verses for Various Counseling Topics
 
 
Abortion
 
Leviticus 17:14
“For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life.” 
 
Psalm 139:13-15
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.” 
 
Addictions
 
Romans 6:6 says
“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” 
 
1 Corinthians 10:13
 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
 
Adultery
 
Matthew 5:28
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
 
Ephesians 5:3
“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”
 
Alcoholism (see also Addictions)
 
1 Peter 5:7 says
 “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 
 
Ephesians 5:18
 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” 
 
Anger
 
Ephesians 4:26-27
 “BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”
 
Genesis 4:5-8
“So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.’ Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”
 
Colossians 3:8
“But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.”
 
Anxiety
 
Philippians 4:6
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
 
Hebrews 13:5
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.’”
 
Matthew 6:34
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
 
James 1:17
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
 
Matthew 7:11
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
 
Bitterness
 
Hebrews 12:15
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”
 
Ephesians 4:31
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
 
Philippians 2:14
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
 
Philippians 4:11
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
 
Communication
 
James 1:19
“This you know, my beloved brethren.  But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
 
Colossians 4:6
“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
 
Ephesians 4:29
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
 
Dating
Read Proverbs 31:10-31, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 1 Peter 3:3-5, Song of Solomon 1 and 2
 
Depression
 
2 Corinthians 7:6
“But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus.”
 
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
 
Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
 
Colossians 3:15
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
 
Colossians 3:2
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
 
Doubt
 
James 1:6-8
“But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
 8being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
 
Isaiah 26:3
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.”
 
2 Timothy 3:14
“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.”
 
John 20:24-29
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’ After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.’”
 
Eating Disorders (see also Addictions)
 
1 Corinthians 6:13
“Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.”
 
Deuteronomy 8:3
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”
 
Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
Matthew 26:26
“While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’”
 
Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
 
Fear
 
Psalm 23:4
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
 
Deuteronomy 31:8
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
 
Isaiah 35:4
“Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.’”
 
Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
 
God’s Will
 
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
 
1 Thessalonians 4:3
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification.”
 
John 10:27
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
 
Romans 8:24
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
 
Grief
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
 
Guilt
 
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
 
Psalm 103:12
“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” 
 
Philippians 3:13-14
 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 
 
Hate
 
Matthew 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
 
Romans 2:11
“For there is no partiality with God.”
 
1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
  
Impatience
 
Ecclesiastes 7:8
“Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.”
 
Ephesians 4:1-3
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
 
Judgmentalism
 
Luke 6:37
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.”
 
John 7:24
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
 
Laziness
 
Proverbs 15:19
“The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”
 
Matthew 25:26-28
“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’”
 
Proverbs 6:6-11
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.  How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?  ‘A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest’-- Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.”
 
Legalism
 
Romans 6:14
“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
 
Galatians 5:18
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”
 
Galatians 3:1-3
“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?  This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
 
Lust
 
2 Timothy 2:22
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
 
Job 31:1
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?”
 
Marriage
 
1 Corinthians 7:3-5
“The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
 
Proverbs 18:22
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.”
 
Malachi 2:16
“‘For I hate divorce,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘and him who covers his garment with wrong,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.’”
 
Ephesians 5:22-28
“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.”
 
1 Corinthians 7:14
“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.”
 
Parenting
 
Proverbs 13:24
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
 
Colossians 3:21
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”
 
Psalm 34:11
“Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
 
Psalm 78:5-6
“For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children.”
 
Peer Pressure
 
John 12:42-43
“Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
 
1 Corinthians 15:33
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”
 
2 Timothy 3:12
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
 
James 1:12
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
 
Perfectionism
 
James 3:2
“For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.”
 
James 2:10
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
 
1 Corinthians 15:10
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
 
Sorrow (see also Grief)
 
Psalm 56:8
“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book?”
 
Lamentations 3:19-26
“Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’ The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.”
 
2 Corinthians 7:11
“For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter.”
 
Jeremiah 31:13
“For I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.”
 
Stubbornness
 
Romans 2:5
“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.”
 
Suicidal Thoughts
 
Exodus 20:13
“You shall not murder.”
 
Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
 
Matthew 11:29-30
“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.”
 
Violence
 
Deuteronomy 32:35
“Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.”
 
Romans 12:19
“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord.”
 
Worry (see Anxiety)