I’m a certified teacher and know a thing or two about being in a classroom full of kids. It’s a hard job. As parents, we can encourage teachers in their work by being kind, thoughtful, and generous. You can also encourage them with a card and include scripture. Continue to read as I share 10 top Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers.
The Bible is full of encouraging verses. Not all of them relate to teaching, but some do. So, if you know a teacher in your life, chances are they need some encouragement. Send them a quick email as a thank you and add one of the verses below.
10 top Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers.
1. Work for The Lord
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” –1 Corinthians 15:58
Most Christian teachers I know went into teaching because they wanted to work with kids. Children can inspire us. But it’s important for teachers (including me) to not build my identity around teaching, but on Christ.
It’s easy to get lost in what we do, but it’s important to remember that we don’t work for the school, school board, or students. Everything we do is unto The Lord.
2. Reap what you sow
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Proverbs 11:25
When I read this verse, one comic comes to mind. The comic shows a person yelling at person A, then person A yells at person B, who then yells at person C. This continues until the last person yells at person A.
This comic and verse remind us we can affect the people around us with the way we speak and treat them. When we speak in kindness, it usually brings kindness.
I remind myself that if I want my students to speak nicely to me, I must be the leader and teach by example by speaking to them nicely first.
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3. Be prepared to give an answer
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” –1 Peter 3:15
I’m a teacher in Canada, and we are not supposed to talk to our students about our faith. But, sometimes questions come up. Students want to ask about what you believe and it’s important to know how to answer their questions Biblically while not stepping over the line and “preaching” to them.
Teachers need encouragement, wisdom, and support as they balance these things in the classroom.
4. Depend on The Lord
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.Psalms 32:8
As teachers, it’s easy to depend on our years of experience or our knowledge of students, and teaching. But, I’ve learned that every day isn’t the same. Each day brings on a new challenge and we must depend on The Lord for wisdom and guidance.
The Lord is our teacher; we are His students and we must desire to learn from Him.
5 & 6. Look to The Lord for Strength
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:13
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” –Ephesians 3:16-19
Teaching can be physically taxing. We must depend on The Lord for strength to face each new day.
When we are tired, we must turn to The Lord and remember His love for us and the fullness we receive from Him. When we depend on Christ, our strength is renewed.
7. Teach other generations
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” –Titus 2:3-5
I love how The Lord knows to encourage older women to teach younger women. Not only does this apply to our spiritual growth, but it also applies to our careers.
If you are a younger teacher- or one who doesn’t have as much experience, try to find a teacher with more experience. Watch their lessons, as questions, and have a teachable spirit.
If you are an older teacher, look for a younger teacher to support, guide, and encourage. Teaching should be a team sport and not something we should be competing over.
8. Be filled with The Holy Spirit
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.Colossians 3:16
I love this verse for 2 reasons. The first is the reminder we need to depend on The Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit. I can’t go a minute without the support of The spirit- I need to be continually filled.
The other reason I love this verse is for the wisdom it shares about teaching. Teaching can take many forms, and we need to be open to learning more about the ways students learn and be ready to support students in the ways they learn. This will benefit both the teacher and the student.
9. Be an example
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” –Titus 2:7-8
I’m the second child of 4 siblings in my family. My younger sister always looked up to me. A few times, I made choices that disappointed her. She sometimes felt I wasn’t being the best example.
I felt it was a burden to be an example. But over time, I saw that being an example to others helped me be accountable for my words, actions and thoughts.
Knowing people are watching helps me live out the gospel. As teachers, we can’t be perfect. But we can be good examples to our co-workers and our students.
10. Ask the Lord for wisdom
“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
Regardless if you are a teacher or not, we all need to seek wisdom from The Lord.
As a teacher, I’ve balanced teaching 25 kids, but also 200. Each of these roles requires me to depend on The Lord for wisdom. To help me in all the areas I’ve mentioned in the section above.
What is your favorite encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers?
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