In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul frequently used sports competition as a metaphor for the challenges of the Christian life. You can also find references of good sportsmanship throughout Scripture, all of which can be applied both on and off the playing field. Here are our best 12 Bible verses about sportsmanship.
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Thus says the LORD: Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.
- Jeremiah 9:23-24
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
- Philippians 3:12-13
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.
- Ecclesiastes 9:11
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
- 2 Timothy 2:5
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
- 2 Timothy 4:7
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:14
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
- Psalm 37:23-24
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
- Hebrews 12:1
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.
- Isaiah 40:31
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13
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