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Verses of Hope

For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Christians

One of the most potent weapons the Religious Right has to use against gays, lesbians and bisexuals is The Bible. They pull the so called "clobber" passages out to condemn us at every turn. But, the Bible contains many passages of hope for gays, lesbians and bisexuals. These are verses that help us in times of trouble, that prove to us that God loves us and is with us, always. Do you have a favorite verse that is not here? Send it to me and I'll add it.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He (She) who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."
--John 3:16-18

" God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us." --Acts 15:8

"I am the good shepherd,and know my sheep, and am known by them ... And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." -- John 10:14, 16

"He brought me out into an open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." -Psalm 18:20

"Beloved, Let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." --1 John 4:7-8

"For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." --Romans 8: 38-39

"Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel..." --Isaiah 43: 2-3a

"For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful.Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; My frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."" -- Psalm 139: 13-16

"Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he (she) who comes to me shall not hunger, and he (she) who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father (Heavenly Parent) gives me will come to me; and (those) who come to me I will not cast out."
--John 6:35-37

"He (She) who has my commandments and keeps them, he (she) it is who loves me; and he (she) who loves me will be loved by my Father, (Heavenly Parent) and I will love him and manifest myself to him (her)." --John 14:21

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you." --John 15:7

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father (Heavenly Parent) in my name, God may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.
--John 15:16-17

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you of the world, therefore the world hates you." --John 15:18-19

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." --1 Peter 4:12-14

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear that we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure."
---1 John 3:1-3

"If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God who he has not seen."
--1 John 4:20

"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce that you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get."
--Matthew 7:1-2

"Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." --Matthew 22:37-40

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against (humanity); for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in." ---Matthew 23:13-14

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also." Luke 6:27-29

"For I am persuaded, that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus." -- Romans 8:38-39

"Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
--Romans 12:12

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them." --Romans 12:14

"Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me."
--Psalms 118:5-7

"The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, has not forsaken those who seek thee." --Psalms 9:9-10

"The Lord will cause your enemies to rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.
--Deuteronomy 28:7

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. --Philippians 2:12

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. --Ephesians 2:8-9

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. --Galatians 2:21

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. -- Galatians 3:28

Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.
--1 Thessalonians 5:8-10

See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
--1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

The voice spoke to him a second time, " Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."
-- Acts 10: 15

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
--Romans 8: 28

Hast thou not known? Hast
thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching his understanding.
He giveth power to the
Faint; and to them that have no
Might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint
And be weary, and the young
men shall utterly fall;
But they that wait
upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall
run, and not be weary; they
shall walk, and not faint.
--Isaiah 40:28-31

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