One of the things that I love about the Bible is that it truly serves as life’s instruction manual—if you allow it to. Generally speaking, if you live by the book, your life will be more fulfilling than it’s ever been (notice that I didn’t say life would be would problem-free). Many people see the Bible and everything in it as a boring set of restrictions to keep them from living a full life when it’s completely the opposite. God wants to free us and protect us from the things that the world deems as okay but in actuality have the potential to ruin our lives and steal our joy. Here are 12 biblical principles that help us to live better, more fulfilling lives.
1. Staying Positive-Philippians 4:8
When we keep our minds on the good and avoid overthinking the bad, life becomes so much sweeter. Most times, the difference between a good day and a bad day is perspective.
2. Prayer/ Worship- Philippians 4:6
God wants us to cast our cares upon him and having an active prayer life is exactly how we do that. Communicating with him and trusting that he’s got everything under control takes away the heavy weight of life. Worship does the same thing. In that moment, it’s just you and God. His presence makes all of your problems feel non-existent.
3. Fellowship and Attending church regularly- Hebrews 10:24-25
There’s something about being around other Christ-like minded people that makes life easier. When you spend Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 around non-believers, it’s refreshing to be around people that understand you and the struggles you may be having with your faith. For me, church is like a gas station. When I’m feeling like I’m running low on faith during the week or just feeling spiritually exhausted, hearing a good word and seeing smiling faces always fills my spirit.
4. Minding your own business and avoiding gossip-1 Thessalonians 4:11, Proverbs 16:28
Yes, the Bible does tell us to mind our business! If we focus on our situations, work on improving ourselves, and keep our minds on what God wants from us, then life will definitely get better. We’ve got to stop talking about people (especially us ladies because we know how addictive gossip is) and learn to pray for them and keep it moving.
5. Tithing-Malachi 3:8-10
I’ve been a faithful tither for years and the moment that I decided to trust God with my finances was the moment that I stopped missing meals and that I always had more than enough. Tithing actually helped me to budget better. It’s only 10% and if nothing else, it’s a way to help out the church that you attend…every week…for free. I’ll talk more about tithing later. It deserves an entire post.
6. Practicing accountability-James 5:16
The Bible talks a lot about being accountable to one another so that we can stay on the right track with our faith. What if we practiced this in other areas of life? How about in dieting or in working toward our goals? Having an honest, trustworthy friend that helps keep you accountable for your actions is extremely beneficial.
7. Avoiding complaining-Philippians 2:14
This is pretty self-explanatory. Like I mentioned earlier, perspective is everything.
8. Avoiding debt-Proverbs 22:7, Romans 13:7
The Bible is pretty clear about how we should handle debt and I admit, I’m guilty of borrowing (or using credit) when I probably should not have. Avoiding debt and getting rid of whatever debt you may have is a surefire way to have a better life. Financial freedom is great.
10. Giving-Luke 6:38, Acts 20:35
Giving makes life so much sweeter and to be honest—it just feels good. Giving to others gives life purpose and meaning. Whether it’s something tangible or a service, give as much as you can in this life. God will always bless a giving heart.
11. Gratitude-Psalms 118:24
Count your blessings! Be thankful for even the little things. Gratitude is more than just a practice, it’s a way of life—it’s choosing to be thankful even when things aren’t so great. Again, perspective.
12. Stop coveting your neighbor’s things-Luke 12:15
Sure, what they have may be cool and expensive and flashy but is really worth your peace of your mind (or your hard earned money)? The Bible warns us about ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and for good reason. Coveting what others have causes us to lose sight of our blessings and fall into sin just to try to be like someone else. Be happy with exactly what you have and where you are in life because God has you right where he wants you for the moment.
I hope this helps! Are there any other biblical principles that you would add to this list?