Do you have a word for the year? You know, a word or phrase you are going to work on to develop in your life? So many people pick a word for the year that enables them to focus on a virtue they would like to develop. As followers of Christ, we should always implore the Lord to help change our hearts and to become more like Jesus.
The following Bible verses have been handpicked by me from the various words of the year from the members of my Facebook Group “Becoming Like Jesus.” If you haven’t joined this free group for Christian women, you should! I would love to have you join!
I think it is interesting to note that some of the most popular words for 2021 from my group were:
It’s fascinating to see the words people are feeling drawn to, especially during the pandemic we find ourselves in. Life has changed – but Christ hasn’t. God remains the same, and the more we attend to our relationship with Him and make Him the source of everything, the stronger and more resilient we become.
Life will always throw curveballs. ALWAYS. That is why it is vital for us to keep our eyes on God and not our circumstances. This is how we have unshakable faith and a firm foundation (Mt. 7:24-27).
Below you will find a list of different virtues alongside Scripture or a link to many different Bible verses on the topic, since I have a lot of resources on the site that can help you!
Make 2021 your best year yet, by seeking the Lord in all things, especially your thoughts and emotions. May God reign in your life this year as you work on allowing Him to shape you in His perfect image!
Pick a verse below and use it as your daily prayer and see what God just might do through your word for the year!
The Best Bible Verses For 2021
Focus, Intentional, Guide, Commitment, Seek, Mindful
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Philippians 4:8 NLT
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Overcome, Perseverance, Endurance, Joy, Triumphant, Challenge, Forward, Resilience, Rescue, Rise, Thrive, Breakthrough, Perspective, Progress, Stand Firm
Matthew 24:13 NLT
13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Romans 12:21 NLT
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Romans 5:3-5 NLT
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Ephesians 6:13 NLT
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Patience, Peace, Positivity, Hope, Joy, Faith, Attentive, Consistency
Romans 8:25 NLT
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.
Romans 12:12 NLT
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Connect, Connection, Building, Unity, Relationships
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Rest, Retreat, Surrender, Comfort, Rescue, Renewal, Dwell, Peace, Stillness, Restore
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Worship
Psalm 118:1 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Transformation, Change, Health, Perseverance
Isaiah 43:19 NLT
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Growth, Abide, Depth, Progress, Restore, Commitment
John 15:5 NLT
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
Prayer, Listen, Joy
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Peace, Be Still
John 16:33 NLT
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Shine, Radiate, Illuminate
Matthew 5:14-17 NLT
14 You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Believe, Faith, Faithfulness
John 14:1 WEB
Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.
John 8:31 NLT
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”
Savor, Live, Thrive, Purpose
John 10:10 TPT
A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!
Hope, Faith, Strength, Journey, Resilience, Thrive, Renewal, Determined, Guide, Triumphant, Fearless, Perseverance
Isaiah 40:31 NLT
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Love, Wholehearted, Grace, Forgiveness, Kindness, Impact
Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
37 Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.
Defend, Word, Dedicate, Faith, Inspire, Diligence
1 Peter 3:15 NIV
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Discipleship, Faith, Following God, Dedicate, Wisdom, Intentionality, Growth, Transformation, and really anything and everything could fit under this powerful verse!
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.