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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:

  • Focus
  • Overcome
  • Believe
  • Trust
  • Connect(ion)
  • Intentional
  • Peace
  • Transform
  • Patience
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Strength
  • Change

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

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.”


Trust

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.

Heres my list of 30 Bible Verses For Trusting God.


Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Worship

Psalm 118:1 NLT

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Here’s my list of 30 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving and Gratitude.


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.

Here’s my list of 31 Bible Verses For Transformation.


Strength, Courage

1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Here’s my list of 21 Bible Verses For Strength and Hardships.


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.

Here’s my list of 15 Bible Verses For Growth.


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.


The Best Bible Verses For 2021

The Best Bible Verses For 2021