The 12 greatest motivational thoughts of all time

motivatedThey all come from the Bible. The choice of these twelve passages was motivated by those scriptures that spoke to me at the moment. In a year or two, in a decade, most likely they would change somewhat. For there are so many! On every page of the Bible motivation rises up to stir the mind to action.

You know that if you do what is right, I will accept you. But if you don’t, sin is ready to attack you. That sin will want to control you, but you must control it.
—God to Cain, Genesis 4.7 ERV

You [God] are good and you do good.
Teach me your statutes!
Psalm 119.68

I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. And you know the way where I am going. —Jesus Christ, John 14.2-4

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. —Jesus Christ, John 15.6 NET

For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. —John 3.16

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. —Jesus Christ, Matthew 10.28 NET

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. —Paul, Ephesians 1.7-8 NET

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of his body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. —Paul, Colossians 1.24

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. —Solomon, Ecclesiastes 7.8 NLT

Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. —Paul, Galatians 6.7-9 NET

Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him. —James 1.12 NET

“If any one loves me,” replied Jesus, “he will obey my teaching; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” —Jesus Christ, John 14.23 Weymouth

So what are your 12 greatest motivational thoughts?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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