There is a certain sense of expectation that comes with the commencement of a new year — the sense that change is coming, whether it’s a direct result of our own introspection, or the result of circumstances beyond our control. And it’s the changes beyond our control that many find hard to accept.
I’ve put together some verses of encouragement from the Bible about peace, joy, and gratitude. These are three attributes that can significantly impact our everyday actions, as well as our reactions to changing circumstances.
I hope that you will find these verses uplifting as you begin your journey into a new year. [All verses are taken from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted.]
Verses about PEACE
Psalm 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 34:14b – Seek peace, and pursue it.
Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Verses about JOY
Nehemiah 8:10b – For the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Psalm 16:11 – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 32:11 – Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 119:111 – Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage forever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
Verses about GRATITUDE
Psalm 50:14 – Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.
Psalm 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…
1 Timothy 2:1 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.