Sometimes a new year can just seem like a continuation of the previous one. New Year’s Day feels like any other day, and we’re often so busy we don’t stop and take the time to realize that one whole year has gone and a new year has come.
New Year’s Day is like a brand new start. We can look back at the past, habits we have or mistakes we’ve made and then we can make a choice to learn from them and start fresh on January 1.
So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite Bible verses for the New Year!
- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3, NIV). If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior or if you’ve just been feeling far from God lately, let this new year be the time that you receive the living hope offered through Christ’s resurrection!
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT). For those of us who have been having a rough year, it might seem like there is more bad than good in the world. Let’s let this verse remind us that despite what our eyes see, God’s plan for us is meant for our good and a hope-filled future.
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all thing have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV). If you’re feeling like you allowed some bad habits to form over the last year, then this verse is for you! Sometimes it seems so hard to conquer our bad habits, but this verse tells us that we are new creations–we no longer live as slaves to the stuff we did before Christ. We now have the power of Christ to overcome the habits we want to leave behind, so this year, embrace the new creation that God has made of you and leave your bad habits behind!
- No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT). Make sure to give yourself grace this year. It’s common to make New Year’s resolutions, stick with them for a few weeks, break them and then feel guilty. Everyone messes up and each of us wants to be “all we should be,” but the important thing is to focus on the future God has for us and the hope of glory we have in Jesus Christ.
- The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT). Receive everything God has for you as though it is fresh and new. Ask God to give you a fresh perspective on His love for you and fresh eyes to see yourself and the world the way He does.
Girls, my prayer for each of you is that God would make this year your most amazing year ever! What’s your favorite verse for starting off the new year?