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10 Good Bible Verses Every Business Needs

for 2016
By Melinda Emerson

As we put our vision and dreams on paper in our business plan this year, , there are two things I
am sure will help you succeed: Faith and a spirit of gratitude, and that means even being grateful
for the bad days. When we use our superpowers in business, it’s really leveraging our God given
purpose as we exchange goods and services for a fee. You have a winning combination when
you can leverage God’s purpose on your life and use it to serve others through your business.
What’s even more amazing is that God will send the provision you need to fulfill his called on
your life. Now that doesn’t mean you know everything you need to know to be successful in
business. But in the right season, God bless you and your business. Be available and listen to that
still and quiet voice to guide as his vision manifests.

After nearly 17 years in business, I now know that God’s will is what is best for me. God has
three answers for us: Yes, Not yet, and I have something even better for you. 2016 is the year of
gratitude and abundance. If you are grateful for every little thing, he’ll give you even bigger
things. One who has conquered failure and transcends fear, carries an undeniable power from
within. As I share with you my 10 good bible verses ever business needs for 2016, focus on
finding the joy in the journey.

Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and
wait expectantly.”

Begin your day in prayer and meditation, so that you can maintain a peaceful outlook and not
start your day in a race. Ask the Lord for the desires of your heart and believe that he will

1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV)

“... Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his
kingdom and glory.”

No matter how successful we become in business, we must always seek to be shinning examples
of God’s light and love.

Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)

“To answer before listening — that is folly and shame.”

We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. It’s always best to listen first in any situation and
speak last, after you’ve had time to consider fully what has been said.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win
the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
It is very important that we as Christians remember always, that we love a God who is a God of
first, second, third, forth, and one hundred or more chances, if we need his forgiveness. It is
important that we forgive ourselves quickly, and not dwell in our past mistakes.

1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV)

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you
made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Faith is key in business and in a lifetime of happiness. For those of us who are believers, it is
important that we witness to non-believers what God has done for us. He died for us on the cross,
so that all sin is forgiven, and that we would have everlasting life.

II Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)

“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest
on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

It is in our weakness that God makes us strong. So we will always have challenges because it is
in those times God wants us to lean on him for strength.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will
not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

Running your business will challenge you in ways you never considered. There will be days
when you stumble, but God will always be there to catch you and lift you back up.

Romans 8:18 (NIV)

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be
revealed in us.”

You can’t have a testimony without a test. In business, it’s all about upfront sacrifice for long-
term gain. What God requires of us is present suffering for future glory in heaven. God wants us
to have confidence that he knows the desires of our hearts and he will resolve our issues in his
perfect time.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.”

Every step in life and in business had already been ordered for us before we were even born. God
does not reveal his plans to us all at once, because we could not handle it. He gives us a just
glimpse though visions and dreams, but he plans for us to all live a prosperous life.

Psalm 23: 5-6 (KJV)

“... Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head
with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

When you are in business you will develop haters, but it is important that you realize that you
don’t have to handle your detractors yourself. God will bless you right in front of them. All you
can do with your haters is pray for them.

I often stop during my workday to thank God who has been so good to my family, my business
and me; it makes me tear up when I think about his goodness.. These scriptural references have
helped me have hope throughout my life in business. I hope the verses from the Bible, and my
translation, have encouraged you. Many times it’s hard for us to pitch our tent in the world, but
God sees you. He loves you and if you give him your life to him, he will give you the desires of
your heart. Keep going!

May God Bless You in Your Business.

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get
anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because
he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

John 8:13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your
testimony is not valid.”

John 8:34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not
proud. It is not rude, 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. But where there are prophecies, they
will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass

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1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these
is love.

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves
has been born of God and knows God.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do
with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up
for her.

Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the
wife must respect her husband.

Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

1 John 3:16-18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we
ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his
brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us
not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 18:1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

Matthew 22:27-29 Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she
be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” Jesus replied, “You are in error because
you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Song of Solomon 8:4-8 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires. Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover? Under the apple
tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you
birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters
cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house
for love, it would be utterly scorned. We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Matthew 23:6-8 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the
synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them
‘Rabbi.’ “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all

Matthew 22:37-39 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.’