Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice; it is a time to remember the families that share in that sacrifice everyday; and it is a time to reflect on our own mortality and utter dependence on God. There are countless, and in many cases nameless, men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedom certainly worth defending, in that spirit we’ve collected the top Bible verses for Memorial Day and used The Passion Translation to shed a fresh perspective on some of these well known Bible verses for Memorial Day.

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Remembering The Great Sacrifice


John 15:13

For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends. – John 15:13 (The Passion Translation) 

There is no higher expression of love then to give up your very life – to be willing to leave family and friends behind, knowing death is immanent. To the many brave heroes who have gone before, thank you for your sacrifice of love.


Psalm 82:3-4

“Defend the defenseless, the fatherless and the forgotten, the disenfranchised and the destitute. Your duty is to deliver the poor and the powerless; liberate them from the grasp of the wicked. – Psalm 82:3-4 (The Passion Translation) 


Psalm 116:15

When one of God’s holy lovers dies, it is costly to the Lord, touching his heart. – Psalm 116:15 (The Passion Translation)

The lives of who belong to the God are the Lord’s, he did not suffer them to fall until their work was done; and when the Lord finally took His own home, even their death is precious to the Lord as they are reunited with Him.


Romans 13:7

So it is your duty to pay all the taxes and fees that they require and to respect those who are worthy of respect, honoring them accordingly. – Romans 13:7 (The Passion Translation) 


 John 13:34

“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you.” – John 13:34 (The Passion Translation) 

Many joined the service to demonstrate love through military vigilance and self sacrifice. We are grateful to the service of these great heroes.


Philippians 2:3-4

Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. – Philippians 2:3-4 (The Passion Translation)

Fighting so that others can go on living and enjoying freedom requires service and self sacrifice. There are countless heroes who have given their very lives and in doing so esteemed the hopes and dreams of others over their own.


Comfort For Those Who Have Lost


Psalm 34:18

The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one. – Psalm 34:18 (The Passion Translation) 

The Lord is ready to listen and help those who are brokenhearted and He saves those who are broken in spirit. It is a special hope to all who have lost a loved one.


1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

For God has not destined us to experience wrath but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He gave his life for us so that we may share in resurrection life in union with him—whether we’re awake or asleep. Because of this, encourage the hearts of your fellow believers and support one another, just as you have already been doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (The Passion Translation) 

In this imperfect world ravaged by the effects war and hidden in the fear of violence and aggression, we have a hope that this sin-streaked world is temporary and whether we live or die we live for Him.


Psalm 147:3

He heals the wounds of every shattered heart. – Psalm 147:3 (The Passion Translation)


2 Corinthians 1:3-5

All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us. And just as we experience the abundance of Christ’s own sufferings, even more of God’s comfort will cascade upon us through our union with Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Passion Translation) 


1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Beloved brothers and sisters, we want you to be quite certain about the truth concerning those who have passed away, so that you won’t be overwhelmed with grief like many others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who died while believing in him. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (The Passion Translation) 

We have a hope for those who die in Christ, that they will live eternally and that we will get to see them again. There is much hope, it is not over.


John 11:25-26

“Martha,” Jesus said, “You don’t have to wait until then. I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever. And the one who lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 (The Passion Translation)

For those who believe in the Son of God have the hope of resurrection, His resurrection sealed the deal –“Do you believe this?”


Remembering Those Currently In Active Service


John 14:27

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! – John 14:27  (The Passion Translation) 


Psalm 91:1-3

When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. – Psalm 91:1-3 (The Passion Translation) 


Psalm 91:9-11

When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm. – Psalm 91:9-11 (The Passion Translation)


2 Timothy 2:3

Overcome every form of evil as a victorious soldier of Jesus the Anointed One. – 2 Timothy 2:3  (The Passion Translation) 


Psalm 46:1

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you. – Psalm 46:1  (The Passion Translation) 


Ephesians 6:11

Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! – Ephesians 6:11  (The Passion Translation) 


1 Corinthians 16:13

Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage. – 1 Corinthians 16:13  (The Passion Translation) 


Psalm 27:3-4

My heart will not be afraid even if an army rises to attack. I know that you are there for me, so I will not be shaken. Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer. – 1 Corinthians 16:13  (The Passion Translation) 


Philippians 1:3

My prayers for you are full of praise to God as I give him thanks for you with great joy! I’m so grateful for our union – Philippians 1:3 (The Passion Translation)


Psalm 23

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23  (The Passion Translation) 


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