100 Bible Verses about Self Seeking

Romans 2:8 ESV / 155 helpful votes

But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 146 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 136 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 113 helpful votes

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 104 helpful votes

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 99 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 John 2:15-17 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 92 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Matthew 22:39 ESV / 90 helpful votes

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 81 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Psalm 14:2 ESV / 76 helpful votes

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

Psalm 10:4 ESV / 76 helpful votes

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

1 John 2:16 ESV / 71 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV / 70 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

Psalm 63:1 ESV / 70 helpful votes

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 67 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Hebrews 3:12-13 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 64 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

John 3:16 ESV / 64 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV / 63 helpful votes

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 60 helpful votes

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 59 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Romans 13:14 ESV / 59 helpful votes

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Philippians 1:17 ESV / 57 helpful votes

The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

Proverbs 8:17 ESV / 57 helpful votes

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 ESV / 54 helpful votes

In order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 53 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Romans 13:8-10 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 52 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 13:34 ESV / 52 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 52 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 51 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

John 15:13 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Acts 17:27 ESV / 49 helpful votes

That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

Acts 2:38 ESV / 49 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 13:35 ESV / 49 helpful votes

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Romans 12:3 ESV / 47 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 47 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 47 helpful votes

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 46 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 46 helpful votes

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 46 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Matthew 7:7-8 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

1 Corinthians 12:1-31 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; ...

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

1 John 4:18 ESV / 44 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

James 5:16 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Chronicles 28:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

1 John 3:1 ESV / 39 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to 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.

Romans 2:7 ESV / 39 helpful votes

To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 5:44 ESV / 38 helpful votes

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Psalm 105:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Psalm 34:10 ESV / 37 helpful votes

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Psalm 9:10 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 36 helpful votes

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 14:13 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 35 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 35 helpful votes

It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

John 14:6 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

James 3:16 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James 1:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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.

Zephaniah 2:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Psalm 27:8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

1 Chronicles 22:19 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 12:16 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

John 15:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Matthew 6:34 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 32 helpful votes

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 28 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Matthew 16:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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