New Year's Bible Verses

While our faith is something to cherish year-round here in the south, New Year’s is the perfect time to slow down and set goals rooted in biblical truth. As you spend your New Year reflecting on months past with family and friends, allow the Lord’s words to wash over you with promises of salvation and new beginnings. These four Bible verses will help you start your year on the right foot by incorporating a faithful foundation to glide into January 1st.

1.) 2 Corinthians 5:17 -- “Therefore, if anyone is within Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”
- The new year is a perfect time to be reminded that anyone who gives their life to Christ is reborn as new. Whether you’ve grown up in the Church or recently begun your faith journey, there is abundant revitalizing hope in this verse that promises rebirth through Christ. In this season of resolutions and fresh starts, when comparisons can weigh heavy, remember that you are no longer a fallen version of yourself when you give your life to Christ. All of your old ideas and purposes have been replaced with Christian ideals that are carried out for the righteousness of the Lord.

2.) Lamentations 3:22-23 -- “Certainly the faithful love of the Lord has not ended; certainly God’s compassion is not through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”
- Though the year may be ending, this verse is a reminder that God’s love knows no end. It is steadfast and supersedes any calendar or earthly timeframe. In the same way you can always anticipate the start of a new day, you can always anticipate God’s love. The finality that we experience in everything on earth does not exist in the omnipresent and everlasting spirit of God’s love. Go into January with a reminder of the promise that regardless of what the new year brings, you will be surrounded by God’s steadfast love at all times.

3.) Deuteronomy 31:8 -- “But the Lord is the one who is marching before you! He is the one who will be with you! He will not let you down. He will not abandon you. So do not be afraid or scared.”
- The new year brings celebration and excitement but also uncertainty for the future. In this verse, God reassures the Israelites that everything will be alright. In the absence of their leader, Moses, the Israelites felt lost and scared. During this time of turmoil, they turned to God for reassurance, and he promised to guide and protect them. Even as we experience changes in our own lives, God uses these same words to comfort our anxious hearts and ease stress. You can be ready for whatever lies ahead by remembering that God will be with you through all trials and tribulations. You are never alone.

4.) Ephesians 4:22-24 -- “Change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness.”

- So many of us make New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym or find a new hobby. What if you made a resolution that incorporates the underpinnings of your faith? This verse reminds us that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, and we should always strive to improve ourselves to align with the teachings of Christ. None of us are without sin, and because of this, repentance and growth are imperative for a true Christian lifestyle. The new year is the perfect time to hear these words, cleanse your soul of impurities and sin, and go into the new year with a clean slate.

Share these Bible verses with loved ones as you create resolutions and goals that ground you in the Word. Carry the Lord with you into this new chapter, and return to these verses throughout the year when you need a gentle reminder of your worth and purpose.

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