168+ Best Rick Warren Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Richard Duane Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. Profoundly inspirational Rick Warren quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Rick Warren Quotes

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. – Rick Warren

What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God. – Rick Warren

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. – Rick Warren

To begin loving people today, we must close the door on the past. And that cannot happen without forgiveness! Forgive those who have hurt you – for your sake, not because they deserve it. – Rick Warren

Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others. – Rick Warren

Unkind people need your kindness the most. They advertise their pain. – Rick Warren

He created the church to meet your five deepest needs: a purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out, and power to live on. There is no other place on earth where you can find all five of these benefits in one place. – Rick Warren

People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. – Rick Warren

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves that allows us to get on with our lives instead of being trapped in the past by resentment. – Rick Warren

Start today by practicing constant conversation with God and continual mediation on his Word. Prayer lets you speak to God; mediation lets God speak to you. – Rick Warren

The secret of endurance is to remember that your pain is temporary but your reward will be eternal. – Rick Warren

Never let an impossible situation intimidate you. Let it motivate you – to pray more, trust more, expect more. – Rick Warren

I dare you to try trusting Jesus for 60 days. Or your money guaranteed back. – Rick Warren

If a pastor focuses only on teaching, he grows members with big ears and rears but tiny hands and hearts.Service is MODELED not taught. – Rick Warren

You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity. – Rick Warren

Without the grace of Jesus: a hopeless end. With the grace of Jesus: an endless hope. – Rick Warren

You never know God is all you need until God is all you have. – Rick Warren

Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God. – Rick Warren

I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: Jesus I believe in you and I receive you. – Rick Warren

You are as close to God as you choose to be. – Rick Warren

For God to mend your broken heart you must give him ALL the pieces. You can’t hold any back. – Rick Warren

We take ourselves way too seriously, and we don’t take God seriously enough. It is not by accident that humor and humility come from the same root word. If you can laugh at yourself, you’ll always have plenty of good material. – Rick Warren

Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others. – Rick Warren

If you prayed as much as you complain and quarrel, you’d have a lot less to argue about and much more peace of mind. – Rick Warren

You didn’t create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for. – Rick Warren

If someone broke your heart it doesn’t mean you should build a wall around it and quit loving. Redirect your love. – Rick Warren

Be grateful for who you are and whatever you have. Everything you have is a gift from God. – Rick Warren

Without implementation, all of our Bible studies are worthless. – Rick Warren

When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him in spite of your feelings, you worship him in the deepest way. – Rick Warren

Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life. You expect him to keep his promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary. – Rick Warren

God’s LOVE is Like an Ocean; You can See its Beginning, but not its end. – Rick Warren

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. – Rick Warren

You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny. – Rick Warren

Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test… You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. – Rick Warren

People are interested by talent. God is impressed by character – Rick Warren

Don’t’ call it a failure, call it an education. Some of us are very educated. – Rick Warren

What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. – Rick Warren

The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. – Rick Warren

If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? – Rick Warren

Life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not using him for your own purpose. – Rick Warren

The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve. – Rick Warren

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. – Rick Warren

The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured. – Rick Warren

God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don’t run after them. – Rick Warren

To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths: First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached. – Rick Warren

Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature. – Rick Warren

When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship – Rick Warren

Delays are as much a part of God plan as answered prayers. God wants you to trust him. – Rick Warren

Let me tell you how worthwhile you are. You are infinitely valuable to God. First, God created you. Second, Jesus died for you. Third, he puts his Spirit within you. Fourth, he wants you to be with him forever in eternity. That’s how valuable you are to God. You are infinitely valuable to God. – Rick Warren

The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means – ‘you must approve of everything I do.’ There’s a difference between tolerance and approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. He doesn’t approve of everything I do, or you do, or anybody else does either. You can be accepting without being approving. – Rick Warren

Most of the time, it’s your thinking, not your talent, that holds you back. – Rick Warren

There is nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you. You could try, but you simply can’t do it – because his love for you is based upon his character and not on anything you do or say or feel. – Rick Warren

Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. – Rick Warren

The ultimate test of faith is not how loudly you praise God in happy times but how deeply you trust him in dark times. – Rick Warren

When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back.Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time – Rick Warren

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others. – Rick Warren

A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority. – Rick Warren

God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you, too. – Rick Warren

There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. – Rick Warren

Every problem is a character-building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber. – Rick Warren

Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful; and endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up. – Rick Warren

To make the most of your life you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in your heart. – Rick Warren

It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters. – Rick Warren

God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. – Rick Warren

Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them. – Rick Warren

Not everything in this life has a happy ending, but this life is not the end of the story. – Rick Warren

Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever. Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, growing old, and inevitably, death. – Rick Warren

Behind every successful child is an adult who believed in him. – Rick Warren

Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: those who hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go. – Rick Warren

God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career. – Rick Warren

Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. – Rick Warren

The next sentence is one of the most important spiritual truths you will ever learn: God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact opposite quality. Character development always involves a choice, and temptation provides that opportunity. – Rick Warren

You’ll find success in life when you stop trying to include God in your plans and Instead ask God to include you in His. – Rick Warren

The more you care about the powerless, the more power you have. The more you serve those with no influence, the more influence God gives you. The more you humble yourself, the more you’re honored by others. – Rick Warren

God will never love you any less or more than he does right now because his love is based on who he IS,not what you’ve done. – Rick Warren

You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. – Rick Warren

And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others. – Rick Warren

During my days of deepest grief, in all of my shock, sorrow and struggle, I sat at the feet of God. I literally spent hours each day reading God’s word, meditating on scripture and praying. I intentionally spent a significant amount of time being still before God. – Rick Warren

God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: ‘Use me.’ – Rick Warren

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available. – Rick Warren

So I would say God hates war, but God loves every soldier. – Rick Warren

Well, in the first place, military service, they don’t call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation. – Rick Warren

Being reminded about the incredible power of God’s love, and living as He intended, is the most powerful motivation to change. – Rick Warren

It is mind-boggling to me that the Almighty power created everything I see; the Bible says that God created the entire universe just so he could create this galaxy just so he could create Earth so he could create human beings so he could create a family. – Rick Warren

The only way you can serve God is by serving other people. – Rick Warren

When life doesn’t make sense, we can still have peace. – Rick Warren

Well actually I don’t think it’s a bunch of bad things that send us to hell. I think it is rejection of God’s grace. – Rick Warren

I serve a higher power, Jesus Christ. I make no apologies in saying that. – Rick Warren

If you’re alive, there’s a purpose for your life. – Rick Warren

Living in the light of eternity changes your priorities. – Rick Warren

What surprises me most about God is that the creator of the universe should want a relationship with me. – Rick Warren

I just think the Internet has made us ruder. – Rick Warren

There are illegitimate parents, but I don’t believe there are any illegitimate children. – Rick Warren

I happen to agree with many of the liberal emphasis on compassion, justice and equality. I just disagree that it’s the government’s role to provide everything. – Rick Warren

God gave us the gift of life in heaven. Many people are given this gift, but they never open it. They never do anything with it. – Rick Warren

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn’t delineate between legal and illegal. – Rick Warren

The Bible tells us that there are some things worth fighting for. In fact, the Bible says there’s some things worth dying for. – Rick Warren

Now the only way you can serve God on earth is by serving others. – Rick Warren

I can’t imagine God not allowing my dog into heaven. – Rick Warren

I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of politics from religion. – Rick Warren

The Constitution is man-made, so it is not perfect. It’s not the basis of my beliefs. My belief system is based on the Scriptures which come from God. – Rick Warren

You drift through life and let things happen to you, or go by design and say, ‘This is what I’m intended to do.’ The Bible is very clear that God has a purpose. But even if I know that purpose, I can’t fulfill it if I’m out of shape. – Rick Warren

Most of us want to have enough… good works to get into heaven, but enough bad works to be fun. – Rick Warren

That’s the big difference between Christianity and other religions. The difference between Works and Grace or Do and Done. – Rick Warren

The Bible is very clear that God has a purpose. But even if I know that purpose, I can’t fulfill it if I’m out of shape. – Rick Warren

I’m not getting to heaven on my integrity. I’m not getting to heaven on my goodness. – Rick Warren

The actual number of atheists is quite small outside of Europe and Manhattan. – Rick Warren

Law is downstream from culture. By the time you make a law about something, you’re reacting, not acting. I’d rather shape the culture. – Rick Warren

The death of my own son has made me more sensitive. It’s made me more compassionate. – Rick Warren

In the Old Testament, it says that if you have the power to do something good, then you have to do it. You’re not to avoid helping somebody in their time of need. – Rick Warren

The first thing that we need to say is that God is grieving, too. Uh, a lot of people try to make it sound like ‘well everything that happens is God’s will.’ That’s nonsense. God allows everything, but God does not choose everything. – Rick Warren

Most people don’t realize, I really have no faith in politics. I’m not a politician. If I thought you could change human hearts by laws, I would, but I don’t. – Rick Warren

You can like somebody without agreeing with all of their policies. – Rick Warren

My ultimate goal… is for you to live the life you’re intended to live. – Rick Warren

But dogs, which have no ability to sin nor moral conscience, do not have an ability to reject Jesus. – Rick Warren

Churches know more about poverty than any government will ever know, because we’re dealing with the poor every day. – Rick Warren

The role of the church and the government are fundamentally different. The church must always show compassion – always. – Rick Warren

I’m not a policymaker, I’m not a pundit. In fact, I don’t have any interest in it. It’s not on my agenda. – Rick Warren

Now God has never shouted out to me. I’ve never heard God speak audibly. He doesn’t have to. – Rick Warren

God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. – Rick Warren

We’re a nation of laws, but the good thing about America, is that laws reside in the people and people can change the laws. – Rick Warren

History shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it. – Rick Warren

You’re not really ready to live unless you know what you’re willing to die for. – Rick Warren

During the next 90 days, people are going to be more open to the Gospel than in years. It is God’s responsibility to make people receptive; it is our responsibility to sow the seed. – Rick Warren

What’s in your heart? … What disturbs you? – Rick Warren

We really don’t know when and where Joe began to display any signs of intoxication. – Rick Warren

Life is all about stewardship. It all belongs to God – he just loans it to us for a short period of time. The first command God gave to man was to take care of the Earth, which includes managing and protecting the environment. – Rick Warren

What you see from the highway will be brick. It’s going to be a pretty building. – Rick Warren

It basically means the bar closes and everything you’ve got invested is lost. – Rick Warren

It comes from service. It is by giving our lives away that we find meaning, because that’s the way we’re wired, I believe, by God. – Rick Warren

I think everybody has brokenness. There’s no doubt about that. We live in a fallen world. This is not heaven. Everybody has scars. Everybody is hurting somewhere, I guarantee you that. Everyone has a hidden hurt. – Rick Warren

Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us. – Rick Warren

I’m Southern Baptist, our church is Southern Baptist, and we cooperate in SBC missions support at every level, – Rick Warren

We serve God by serving others. The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you’ve arrived. In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept. – Rick Warren

You dont judge the strength of an army by how many soldiers sit and eat in the mess hall, but by how they perform on the front line. Likewise a churchs strength is not seen in how many show up, but in how many serve in the ministry. – Rick Warren

The small group structure is the structure of renewal in every facet of Christianity, including Catholicism, – Rick Warren

OK, here’s a Christian pastor writing a book that a Jewish lady is passing on to a Muslim lady. – Rick Warren

I hope that the community will cooperate and not hassle the clerks with what they have to do. It’s a good store and serves a good need to the community. – Rick Warren

I believe one of the secrets of effective ministry is keep it simple-be simple… Simple does not mean shallow and simple doesn’t mean simplistic, and simple doesn’t mean superficial. It just means understandable. – Rick Warren

And that, my friends, is the duty of the church. – Rick Warren

The key to friendship with God, he said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do. – Rick Warren

Pain is the fuel of passion – it energizes us with an intensity to change that we don’t normally possess. – Rick Warren

It takes no courage to say or do what’s popular. – Rick Warren

It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular success, as the world defines it. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance, and faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even ministry. Never focus on temporary crowns. – Rick Warren

To become a master communicator: shut your mouth & listen first. – Rick Warren

The books that have helped me most are the ones I reacted to, not just read – Rick Warren

God is the Father who is full of mercy. God is the Father who is full of comfort. That is the kind of relationship he offers to you. – Rick Warren

God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. – Rick Warren

A church will never grow beyond its capacity to meet needs. – Rick Warren

Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, an event occurred that permanently changed the world. Because of that event, history was split. Every time you write a date, you’re using the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the focal point. – Rick Warren

If you want to find your purpose in life, find your wound. – Rick Warren

You can use your time to build bridges or walls.The latter is not only unChristlike, it limits impact & creates loneliness. – Rick Warren

We do not have to make the Bible relevant – it already is! But we do have to show its relevance. – Rick Warren

Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. – Rick Warren

If you are a member of a small group or class, I urge you to make a group covenant that includes the nine characteristics of biblical fellowship: We will share our true feelings (authenticity), forgive each other (mercy), speak the truth in love (honesty), admit our weaknesses (humility), respect our differences (courtesy), not gossip (confidentiality), and make group a priority (frequency). – Rick Warren

You are most like Christ, when you remain silent under attack. – Rick Warren

To accomplish anything you must first have a mission, a goal, a hope, a vision. – Rick Warren

If you aren’t making any mistakes, you aren’t innovating. If you’re making the same mistakes, you aren’t learning. – Rick Warren

The Bible teaches that we are to love people and use money, but we often get that reversed and you start loving money and using people to get more money. Money is simply a tool to be used for good. – Rick Warren

The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity. – Rick Warren

I never have been involved in politics. – Rick Warren

The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this New Evangelization project. – Rick Warren

You can’t grow strong without resistance. – Rick Warren

Those that innovate the future understand history the best. – Rick Warren

Then Jesus changed the situation. When he paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized our separation from God was split from top to bottom, indicating that direct access to God was once again available. – Rick Warren

The only way to always be relevant is to focus on what’s eternal. Everything in style will soon be out of style. – Rick Warren

I think we live in a pluralistic society where we have to get along with each other and show common grace to each other. – Rick Warren

It’s easy to explain away evil. We have a free choice, and our greatest blessing is also our greatest curse, because I don’t always make good choices. Other people make bad choices. I make bad choices. And sometimes we hurt other people. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. – Rick Warren

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