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10 Bible Verses for When You’re Feeling Cynical About the World

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There’s no arguing that we live in an increasingly cynical society. How do we arm ourselves with the word to pull ourselves out of a cynical spiral?


There’s no arguing that we live in an increasingly cynical society. While the age of the internet has allowed unprecedented access to information transforming cultures around the globe, we’ve equally suffered penalty for oversaturation. The proliferation of negative media, and constant access to it makes the world appear quite dark. To explore this possibility, researchers Marc Trussler and Stuart Soroka, set up an experiment, run at McGill University in Canada concluding people are often drawn to depressing stories without realizing it according to BBC.

When it comes to rationalizing pain through faith we sometimes struggle even further. We become so easily lost in the black hole that is comprehending why we suffer under God’s eye. Cynicism is known to creep in little-by-little until you recognize your darkened outlook.

In times like this, we are urged to seek God’s wisdom to liven our senses to what He’s doing. When we become overwhelmed with the evil in the world you can look to scripture to lighten your load. The Bible does not only offer us encouragement but instruction. What to do practically to shift our focus and cure our cynicism. We are all capable of going to a dark place, especially with negative headlines blowing up your phone. Arm yourself with the word.

Here are 10 Bible verses to help free us of cynicism and secure yourself in the truth that God is good and God is present. 

  1. Romans 15:13—”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Philippians 4:8-9—”Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
  3. 1 John 4:4—”You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-3—”We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. Proverbs 17.22—”A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
  6. 1 John 4:4—”You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
  7. Ephesians 4.31-32—”Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  8. Isaiah 41:10—”So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  9. 1 Peter 3.9—”Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
  10. 1 Peter 5:8-10—”Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.