8 Scriptures to Encourage Law Enforcement and Their Families
It’s no secret 2020 has been a difficult year for law enforcement and their families. There has been a lot of bad press about the police lately. We are practically bombarded by it on a daily basis- people that call the police power-hungry, racist, trigger-happy, and insensitive. People who call for defunding of the police. It’s everywhere- in articles, in the news, social media, TV shows, and even movies.
As a police wife, you know your husband and the other officers in his department. It’s disheartening. They are people who are fully committed to what they do because they want to make their community a better and safer place. They are people who feel called to law enforcement and have a desire to help those around them.
I hope you will find these bible verses for police officers encouraging as we continue to navigate through a difficult season as law enforcement families.
Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of God.–Matthew 5:9
We see this verse frequently related to law enforcement. As police officers, our spouses are tasked with peace keeping. And every day that task becomes increasingly more challenging and dangerous to do. Our officers sacrifice so much- their safety, their physical body, their mental health, time with family, etc. This scripture is a great reminder of not only the importance of what our officers do, but also the calling God has placed on their life.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.-Deuteronomy 31:6
My husband is the bravest person I know. He is also a strong man and a man of great integrity. But even still, there are many times I worry as I hear the garage door opening and then closing as my husband heads to his shift early in the morning. This year has also been difficult for my husband and his blue family. This verse reminds us that ultimately our officer’s source of courage comes from God. Our Father is always with our officers. He is with them at every traffic stop, code run, domestic call, and in the midst of every split-second decisions they must make.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.-John 15:13
Our officers train for all kinds of circumstances. When others are running away from danger, our officers are running towards it. Isn’t that incredible? I am not sure I have that type of courage. But our officers do this every day. My husband has proved to me he is willing to lay down his life to help others. What a sweet reminder of the power of that kind of sacrificial love.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.-Proverbs 21:15
What our police officers do matters. Our officers are on the frontlines of a spiritual war. They come face to face with evil and darkness every day. This verse is a great reminder that ultimately justice comes from God. It is part of who He is. It brings comfort knowing that regardless of whether the world can see it or not, what our police officers do is important and valuable.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.-John 15:18
Our husbands were not the first men to have their motives questioned. They are not the first to be treated unfairly, to be slandered, or to be misrepresented. Christ felt every one of those things. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying our husbands are parallel to Christ or His story (although my husband is pretty great 🙂 ). What I am saying is that this verse is such a perfect reminder that we are not alone. It’s a reminder that others have faced what our officer’s our facing, even Christ himself.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.-Ephesians 6:10-11
I have always been curious how my husband can stand wearing all of that protective gear while driving around in a police car all day. Nonetheless, that protective gear gives me some sense of peace as my husband navigates through various calls throughout the day. My greatest sense of peace, though, does not come from any body armor my husband puts on, hours of training, or the trust I have in his fellow officers. It comes from knowing that my husband has access to the armor of God that is available to him always. It brings peace to my heart knowing the Father is there with my husband- which is the best protection I could ask for.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.-Joshua 1:9
This verse is another reminder that God is with our officers always. He is with them on every call, in every decision, and even in the midst of when it feels like the whole world is against them.
No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their vindication is from me.” This is the Lord’s declaration.-Isaiah 54:17
This verse brings comfort as a law enforcement family, that God will provide. Our officers can walk forward with courage and faith knowing that God is with them and will provide for them. And any persecution or danger will ultimately be taken care of by our heavenly Father.
I pray these verses bring you and your family comfort in this season, knowing that God is with your officer and your family and that the work your officer does is incredibly valuable.
Do you have a bible verse that has been an encouragement for you or your family? I’d love for you to share it below.