13 Bible Verses about Athletes
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Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules.
Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.
Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.
For "physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come."
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith!
He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.
Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; like a strong man it enjoys running its course.
Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
He is not enamored with the strength of a horse, nor is he impressed by the warrior's strong legs.
with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.