12 Bible Verses for High School Graduates

BIBLE VERSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATESYou are done! Such a huge congratulations. You have worked hard, learned life lessons, made and lost friends, maybe experienced dating, and probably have lied to your parents by now.

You are getting ready to set out on your own. Start your own journey. Not under your parents roof or rules.

And I want to encourage you with a few awesome words from the big man upstairs. I want to encourage you to remember your roots, or to start your own. To continue or begin your personal growth. Not just as a young adult, but as a Christ-following young adult.

First I want to bring up one of the most important verses in God’s word.

Matthew 22:36-39

““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

As you read this I want you to think about these 3 things.

Your relationship with God.

Your relationship with yourself.

Your relationship with others.

Re-read verse 39. So often, I think we get caught up in the “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” way of thinking, that our main focus is on the “others.” So often, we forget the “you” part. We are told to love our neighbor as yourself. Yourself. Keep in mind, you HAVE to love YOURSELF. Not in a selfish way, but in a way that you realize that God created you. In his image. And he loves YOU.

Ok, so having said that, I am going to break the following verses into those 3 categories. (Keep in mind, these verses can probably fit into all 3 categories, or at least 2 of them.)

Your relationship with God.

Proverbs 16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Your relationship with yourself.

Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Your relationship with others.

1 Timothy 4:12

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

*Ecclesiastes 4:9‭-‬12

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

*Psalm 34:14

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

*1 Corinthians 13

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

*just my 2 cents*

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

This one is a biggie for me. Yall, choose good friends. No, choose great friends. Not just ones who will have your back when you do something stupid, but ones who will hold you accountable so that you don’t repeat the stupidity. Seriously, find a handful of awesome friends who share your Christian morals. If you do, then I promise, you will not easily be broken by the evil one.

Psalm 34:14

Notice the verb “do.” Now notice I said verb. Do good. Not just be good. This is an action. Intentional. Good is not just something you are, it is something you DO.

1 Corinthians 13

This whole chapter is awesome. For my pledge week, I had to memorize all of it. I remember doing it with my friend. One of those great type of friends I mentioned earlier.
Back on to love. Love is a decision. When you read this chapter, don’t read it as qualities that someone else’s love should make you feel like. Try to make your own love fit into each quality. Each virtue. CHOOSE to love.

High school grads, I am praying for you.
And parents of high school grads, I am praying for you too. I can’t imagine…