Sacrifice. That’s what Memorial Day is about, the selfless sacrifices of men and women who have given so much to keep this free nation free. We give thanks for the brave souls who gave their lives in the armed forces to protect and preserve the United States of America.
As we enjoy this day of freedom—freedom to celebrate, to gather, to eat, to mourn, to live out our values as we see fit—let’s remember who helped secure that precious freedom with the price of their blood. And even more importantly, let’s remember the One who first shed His blood for all mankind—Jesus Christ with these 20 Memorial Day bible verses.
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As the Scriptures say of Him, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus calls “friend” all those who trust in His Name, and He gave His life to secure their freedom. The Bible even says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Because of what Jesus has done, there is hope for the whole world.
Sacrifice is a God-given value, and God’s Word brings meaning and honor to the sacrifices of both His Son and our soldiers. So let’s dig into His Word to find comfort, strength, and hope on this special day. As faith is birthed in our hearts, let us pray for the soldiers who are yet serving today and the families who have lost so much.
Operation Blessing seeks to display the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ to a hurting world so that all might live in freedom, and we join our prayers with yours to see the U.S.A. remain free.
20 Memorial Day Bible Verses
Remembering Their Sacrifice
John 15:13 — Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Philippians 2:3-4 — Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Psalm 82:3-4 — Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Comfort in Grief
Psalm 34:18 — The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:5 — For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Psalm 116:15 — Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Psalm 23:4 — Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
John 11:25-26 — Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 — But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Revelation 21:4 — He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
Joshua 1:9 — Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Psalm 91:1-2 — He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:9-10 — Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
Psalm 46:1 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Strength for the Fight
2 Timothy 2:3-4 — Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
1 Corinthians 16:13 — Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Psalm 112:6-8 — For the righteous will never be moved; will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
Psalm 27:3 — Though an army encamp against me, heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
Ephesians 6:13 — “…take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
As the Scriptures fill your heart with faith, please join us in this prayer, sharing it with friends and family:
Our Father in heaven, we ask you to fulfill the truth of the Scriptures above for our military families. Lay your hands on the family and friends of our fallen men and women in uniform. Bless them with your peace that passes understanding, comforting their hearts as our great Comforter. Open their eyes to Your kingdom coming where there is no more crying or pain anymore, and fix their gaze on that hope, secured by Jesus our living hope. Father, please help them remember the sacrifices of their loved ones with tears of thankfulness—knowing their loved ones didn’t die in vain but secured our freedom for another generation. For each active military member, we ask for your mercy, protection, and provision. Thank you for inspiring these families to make the sacrifices they make every day. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who died to gain freedom for all. Amen.
Scripture is quoted from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®). ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.