Summary: A verse by verse examination of what the Bible says about veterans and war. This message focuses on Romans 12:9-13:14.
Speaker: Dr. Michael L. Williams
Date presented: November 11, 2012
Romans 12:9-13:14 ( KJV ) 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 13:1-14 ( KJV ) 1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Matthew 5:38-48 ( KJV ) 38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
1 Corinthians 6:1-8 ( KJV ) 1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
1 Peter 2:15-17 ( KJV ) 15For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ( KJV ) 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Matthew 18:3-5 ( KJV ) 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
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Blessed is the one who seeks wisdom, and the many Bible verses about wisdom teaches us that it’s more valuable than gold. Wisdom is the key to unlocking everlasting and eternal abundant life! Wisdom is the most valuable gift we could ever receive because it teaches us how to live a fruitful, honorable, and Christ-like life!
50 Bible Verses About Wisdom
Praise God for teaching us how to live the abundant life and for blessing us with the wise promises of Scripture. As you meditate on these verses, my prayer is that you would be filled with the wisdom that comes only from God and leads to a peaceful, abundant, and everlasting life! God Bless You Abundantly!
Bible Verses About Wisdom – Old Testament
To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His.
~ Job 12:13
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
~ Psalm 90:12
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
~ Proverbs 1:7
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
~ Proverbs 2:6
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
~ Proverbs 3:13-18
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.
~ Proverbs 4:5-9
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
~ Proverbs 10:8
A person of understanding delights in wisdom.
~ Proverbs 10:23
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
~ Proverbs 11:2
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
~ Proverbs 12:15
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
~ Proverbs 13:10
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
~ Proverbs 14:1-2
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
~ Proverbs 14:29
A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise. A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
~ Proverbs 15:12-13
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.
~ Proverbs 15:33
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
~ Proverbs 16:16
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
~ Proverbs 17:27-28
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
~ Proverbs 18:15
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
~ Proverbs 19:8
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
~ Proverbs 19:20
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.
~ Proverbs 22:17-19
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.
~ Proverbs 24:3-7
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
~ Proverbs 29:11
Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
~ Ecclesiastes 8:1
All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.
~ Isaiah 28:29
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
~ Isaiah 40:28
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:9
Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
~ Jeremiah 9:23-24
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you.
~ Daniel 2:23
Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
~ Hosea 14:9
Bible Verses About Wisdom – New Testament
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
~ Matthew 7:24
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
~ Luke 21:15
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
~ John 8:32
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
~ Romans 12:2
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.
~ Ephesians 1:16-19
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
~ Ephesians 5:15-16
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.
~ Philippians 1:9-11
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
~ Colossians 2:2-3
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
~ Colossians 2:8
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
~ Colossians 3:16
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
~ Colossians 4:5-6
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
~ 1 Corinthians 1:25
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
~ 1 Corinthians 1:30
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
We declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:7
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:13
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:18
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
~ James 1:5
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
~ James 3:13
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
~ James 3:17
Celebrating Veteran’s Day in your classroom is a great opportunity to teach thankfulness. Even young children can learn the importance of taking care of people, and protecting the freedoms and values we hold so dearly. We also have a section of Memorial Day Bible Crafts and Activities that might tie in with some of your thematic lesson planning. One important Bible truth to remind children of is when Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
God Bless our Veterans Classroom Chart
This is a colorful and beautiful chart you can hang up in your classroom near Veteran’s Day. This is a simple reminder to your students to be thankful for the men and women who are serving or have served our country.
God Bless our Veterans Coloring Page
A simple coloring page featuring a veteran from the Air Force and Army, with stars surrounding them. The text reads, “God bless our Veterans!.”
Veteran’s Day Prayer Bookmarks
These Veteran’s Day Prayer bookmarks feature a man or women in uniform with the words, “I will remember to pray for our Nation’s Heroes.” This is a great take home item for children on Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day Bible Verse Visual
This is a large printable bible verse visual to use while teaching children about Veteran’s Day. John 15:13 is a perfect verse to read during this Holiday
Thank You Veterans Card Craft
This is a simple Thank You card children can color, cut and assemble. This is a great way to practice coloring in the lines, cutting out shapes, and using simple pasting skills.
Veteran’s Day Handwriting Practice
Here is a set of ABC tracing pages, one for Uppercase and one for Lowercase. Children can practice their letters and color in the Thank You medals.
Thank You Veterans Copywork
This is a simple copywork sheet for children to continue practicing their handwriting skills. The text is progressive and children who are showing signs of readiness can be encouraged to try their own letters on the last line.
Veterans Day Coloring Page
This would make a great Veteran’s Day coloring page for children to take home. Pictured are children waving flags, watching the Veteran’s day parade.
What is Veterans Day?
24 pages, Ages 8+. Children learn all about Veterans Day in
this beautifully photographed book by Elaine Landau. Part of
the I Like Holiday’s series, and a wonderful visual for children
Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook: Letter of the Week Simplified! Over 600 pages of downloadable resources for teaching children the Alphabet one week at a time. For each letter of the alphabet you’ll receive 24 pages of Bible activities, worksheets, charts, coloring pages, math explorations and more. Designed to keep the prep work to a minimum, our Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook can be spread over 26 weeks. View the sample pages above for a detailed course outline and a suggested 4 day schedule. Sample Week