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As you read the Bible, the written word of God, you will find much help and encouragement for every situation in life. We encourage you to note those teachings when you find them, so you can refer to them again when you are in need. We realize, however, that especially at the beginning it may be difficult to know where to turn to find the counsel and the guidance that you need in a given situation. So, we have compiled an initial summary of biblical teachings related to some of the most common challenges we encounter in our life. It is not a comprehensive list, and of course it is not intended to replace the counsel of a minister or a pastor, but we hope it will be of help.

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ADDICTION

Psalm 18:28-36; Proverbs 23:29-35; Romans 6:1-23; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Philippians 3:17 – 4:1.

ADULTERY

Genesis 39:6-20; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22-24; Proverbs 4:13-27; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; 22:14; 23:26-28; Matthew 5:27-32; 15:19; 19:9; John 8:1-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:13-26; Ephesians 4:17 – 5:3; Hebrews 13:4.

AFFLICTION AND TRIALS

Deuteronomy 8:2-5; Psalm 119:67-76; Isaiah 38:15-19; Romans 5:3; 8:18, 28, 31-39; 11:33-36; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; 12:7-10; Hebrews 12:5-6, 11; James 1:2-4, 12; 1 Peter 1:6-7; Revelation 3:14-22.

AMBITION

1 Kings 3:5-12; Haggai 1:2-8; Matthew 16:21-27; Mark 9:33-37; 10:35-45; Philippians 2:1-4.

ANGER

Genesis 4:1-12; Leviticus 19:18; Psalm 4:4; 37:8; 38:7-9; Proverbs 10:12; 12:16; 15:1, 18; 16:32; 22:24-25; 29:22; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Matthew 5:21-26; 5:38-48; 18:21-35; Luke 6:27-28; John 2:13-17; Romans 12:18-21; Ephesians 4:25-32; 5:1-2; Colossians 3:8, 12-13; Titus 1:7; Hebrews 10:30; James 1:19-27; 1 Peter 3:8-12; 1 John 4:20.

ANXIETY

Psalm 94:17-19; Ecclesiastes 22-25; Luke 12:22-34; Philippians 4:4-9; Hebrews 13:5-6.

APATHY

Numbers 25:10-13; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Matthew 25:1-13; Luke 12:35-48; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22.

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Psalm 91:14-16; Micah 7:18-20; John 3:14-21; 11:25-26; Acts 16:31-34; 1 John 5:9-13.

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BITTERNESS

Psalm 38:7-9; Proverbs 16:32; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:29 – 5:2; Hebrews 12:14-15.

C

COMFORT

Isaiah 12; 40:1-11; Jeremiah 31:10-13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 7:6-13.

COMPASSION

Psalm 103:8-12; 116:5-6; Micah 6:8; John 11:17-44; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 1 John 3:11-24.

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DEATH

Psalm 116:15-16; Isaiah 57:1-2; John 12:23-26; Romans 6:1-23; 1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 1:21; 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

DIVORCE

Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:2-12; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16.

DOUBTS

Isaiah 40:27-28; John 7:16-17; 20:24-31; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 1:3-4; Hebrews 13:9; James 1:5-8.

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FAITH

Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 119:65-72; Proverbs 3:5-9; Matthew 6: 25-34; Romans 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 10:19-25, 35-39; 11:1 – 12:13.

FRIENDSHIP

Proverbs 17:17; 27:6; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; John 14:23 – 15:17; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 John 1:1-7.

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GIVING

Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10-12; Matthew 6:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9.

GOD'S GUIDANCE

1 Kings 3:1-14; Psalm 32:8-9; Proverbs 2:1-6; Romans 12:1-3; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 1:9-14; James 1:5-8.

GREED

1 Kings 21:1-22; Psalm 62:1-2, 10; Proverbs 15:27; Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; Luke 12:13-21; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 6:3-10; James 5:1-6; 1 John 3:16-18.

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HAPPINESS

Psalm 33; Isaiah 12; 52:7-10; Matthew 5:1-12; John 13:1-17; Philippians 4:4-9.

HOMOSEXUALITY

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11.

HOPE - HOPELESSNESS

Psalm 42; Isaiah 54:1-7; Lamentations 3:19-24; Romans 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Colossians 1:3-27; 1 Peter 1:1-9; 5:10-11; Revelation 11:15-19.

HOSPITALITY

Genesis 18:1-8; 2 Samuel 9:1-7; Luke 14:12-14; Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9.

HYPOCRISY

1 Samuel 12:1-23; Isaiah 1:10-15; Zechariah 7:12-14; Matthew 6:1-24; 23; James 1:22-27.

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J

JEALOUSY

Numbers 12:1-15; 16:1-35; Galatians 5:13-15, 19-21; James 3:13-18.

JOY

Isaiah 12; 52:7-10; Luke 15; James 1:2-18; 1 Peter 4:12-19.

JUDGING OTHERS

Matthew 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; James 2:1-13; 4:11-12.

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L

LAZINESS

Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:4-5; Ephesians 5:15-16; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15.

LONELINESS

1 Kings 19:1-18; Psalm 41; Matthew 26:36-46; 2 Timothy 4:16-18.

LOVE

Leviticus 19:18, 34; Deuteronomy 6:1-5; Song of Solomon 1-2; Mark 12:28-34; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:7-21.

LUST

Deuteronomy 22:22-24; 2 Samuel 11:1 – 12:14; Matthew 5:27-30; Romans 7:7-25; 13:8-14; James 1:13-18.

M

MARRIAGE

Genesis 2:19-25; Ecclesiastes 9:7-10; Matthew 19:1-12; 1 Corinthians 7; Ephesians 5:22-33.

N

NEW HOME

Genesis 2:19-25; Ecclesiastes 9:7-10; Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

NEW JOB

1 Kings 3:1-4; Proverbs 10:4-5; Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:13-26; Ephesians 1:3-14.

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P

PEACE

Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 122; Isaiah 9:2-7; John 14:25-27; Romans 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:14-18; Philippians 4:4-9.

POOR - POVERTY

Deuteronomy 15:1-11; Isaiah 58:1-9; Amos 5:11-15; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 1:39-56; James 2:1-13.

PRAISING AND THANKING THE LORD

Deuteronomy 8:10-18; Psalm 30:4; 47:1-9; 148:1-10; 150:6; Hebrews 13:15; James 5:13; Revelation 19:5.

PRAYER

2 Chronicles 6:13-42; 20:5-12; Matthew 6:5-15; Mark 11:22-25; Luke 18:9-14; Philippians 4:4-7.

PRIDE

Proverbs 8:12-14; Matthew 25:34-40; Mark 10:35-45; Romans 12:3; Philipians 2:1-11.

PROFANITY

Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 24:10-16; Proverbs 30:10-14; Ephesians 4:29-32; James 3:1-12.

PUBLIC WORSHIP

Psalm 95:1-7; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:19-25.

Q

QUARRELS

Genesis 13:5-11; Psalm 133; 1 Corinthians 3; Ephesians 4:1-6; 4:15 – 5:2; 2 Timothy 2:14-26; James 4:1-12.

R

RECONCILIATION

Genesis 33:1-4; 50:15-21; Matthew 5:23-26; 2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2; Ephesians 2:11-22.

REPENTANCE

Deuteronomy 4:30-31; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ezekiel 18:30-32; Matthew 4:12; Luke 18:9-14; Acts 2:38-41.

RESPONSIBILITY

1 Kings 11:5-7; Proverbs 3:21-27; Mark 10:35-45; Luke 7:1-10; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14; Galatians 6:9-10.

REVENGE

Deuteronomy 32:34-35; Psalm 94:1; Proverbs 25:21-22; Matthew 5:38-47; Romans 12:17-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15; 1 Peter 3:8-14.

S

SIN (Falling back into)

Psalm 51; Proverbs 28:13; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 John 1:5-10.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; 12:1 – 14:25; 1 Peter 4:7-11.

STEWARDSHIP

1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:35-48.

SUFFERING

Deuteronomy 8:1-5; Job 1-2; Psalm 77; Isaiah 53; Romans 8:12-17; 1 Peter 3:8-22; 4:12-19.

SUFFERING FOR THE SIN OF OTHERS

Genesis 33:1-4; 50:15-20; Matthew 6:14-15; 18:21-35; Colossians 3:12-14; James 2:12-13.

T

TONGUE (Control of the)

Psalm 39:1; Proverbs 10:18-20; Matthew 15:1-20; James 3:1-12.

U

UNITY

Psalm 133; John 17; Ephesians 4:1-16.

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W

WELL-BEING (When things go well with you)

Job 31:24-28; Proverbs 15:27; Luke 12:13-21; 1 Timothy 6:3-19; Hebrews 13:5; James 2:1-17.

WORLD (When it seems enticing)

Genesis 3:1-7; Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1; James 1:26-27; 4:4-10; 1 John 2:15-17.

WORRY

Proverbs 20:24; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:6-8.

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