Verses for a Graduation Celebration
(Reference material: Good News Translation Youth Bible)
Graduating from any grade or year level is a challenge in itself. But by God’s grace, He sustains us and fills us with strength! We encourage you to read these verses altogether as a love letter from the Lord to you. You can use these lines from the Psalms as your guiding verses for the coming months. You can also get notes from these verses from Proverbs and Galatians to give you heavenly wisdom. Finally, treat yourself to a very encouraging set of verses from Philippians.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NEW GRADUATES!
Your word is a lamp to guide me
and a light for my path.
I will keep my solemn promise
to obey your just instructions.
Psalm 119:105-106 Good News Translation (GNT)
To be wise you must first have reverence for the Lord. If you know the Holy One, you have understanding. Wisdom will add years to your life. You are the one who will profit if you have wisdom, and if you reject it, you are the one who will suffer.
Proverbs 9:10-12 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Spirit and Human Nature
What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.
What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.
But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:16-26 Good News Translation (GNT)
May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!
Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9 Good News Translation (GNT)
Dear Lord, thank You for giving me daily strength and abounding grace.
With You by my side, I can face the future with confidence. My trust is in You alone.