5 Goal for the New Year

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.  For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Philippians 3:13-21 
Now that 2013 is almost here, many of us are in the process of making New Year’s resolutions. The concept of making New Year’s resolutions is commonplace in our society; however, we all know how difficult it is to actually follow through. This list of Bible verses is designed to help you more specifically approach your New Year’s resolutions. The purpose of providing Bible verses is to establish a biblical grounding for the goals you set out. Moreover, rather than merely compiling Bible verses for New Year’s resolutions, I’ve included practical ways that you can use these verses to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. With all of that said, here are 5 Bible verses for New Year’s resolutions.

#1 of 5 Bible Verses for New Year’s Resolutions 

Colossians 3:12-13 – New Year’s Resolution: Mend a Broken Relationship

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Practical Application: When we make New Year’s resolutions, it is common that we first look to ways that we can improve ourselves. Chances are, however, there are broken or severed relationships in our lives that we’ve given up on. Maybe you’ve been hurt by a loved one or close friend. The concept of forgiving and forgetting isn’t one you’ll find in Scripture, but forgiveness is. Consider making it a New Year’s resolution to forgive someone who’s hurt you or seek forgiveness from someone whom you’ve pained.

#2 of 5 Bible Verses for New Year’s Resolutions 

Matthew 25:34-40 – New Years Resolution: Actively Seek Out to Help the Poor, Homeless, and Needy

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’. And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”

Practical Application: The Bible continually reminds us to take care of the poor, the widowed, and the less fortunate. Make it a New Year’s resolution to consciously go out and help those in need. Whether you decide to serve at a soup kitchen or visit the elderly, this New Year’s resolution is all about serving. 

#3 of 5 Bible Verses for New Year’s Resolutions 

1 Corinthians 19:19-20 – New Years Resolution: Improve Your Physical Well-Being

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Practical Application: Ever considered that God actually wants you to take care of your body? While in context this verse is actually dealing with sexual immorality, the overarching theme is often missed. We ought to honor God with our bodies through everything that we do; thus, taking care of bodies physically falls under this umbrella and ultimately is a matter of good stewardship. If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, use this Bible verse to remind you that you’re working to improve something that you ought to make the best anyways.

#4 of 5 Bible Verses for New Year’s Resolutions 

Matthew 14:22-24 – New Year’s Resolution: Consciously Set Aside Time to Spend with God

“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,  but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.”

Practical Application: Jesus understood the value of time spent with God in solitude. If you do not currently devote time to being alone with God, make it a New Year’s resolution to set aside some period of time to God. You can spend this time in prayer, reading your Bible, journaling, singing a worship song, etc. While this can definitely be a difficult New Year’s resolution, we have to remember that being in tune with God requires of us to actually spend time investing in the relationship.

#5 of 5 Bible Verses for New Year’s Resolutions 

Mark 12:29-31 – New Year’s Resolution: Loving God = Loving Others

“Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Practical Application: You’ve may have read this particular verse before on this blog, but have you ever considered what it is really saying? The concept behind these commandments is twofold. One, loving God requires loving Him with all that you are. The second is a direct result of the first: if you love God, you will love others. The practical application here is very open because this Bible verse and corresponding New Year’s resolutions take all the previous options into account. All of the aforementioned New Year’s resolutions and Bible verses are essentially summed up through this passage. The question then is whether or not we are going to make these New Year’s resolutions much more than annual attempts to better ourselves, but daily convictions that stem from a true desire to love the Lord.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

4 responses to “5 Goal for the New Year

  • silvereagle

    The "Practical Applications" are right on point. Thanks for expressing the Bible quotes in such an informative manner. More than just words to read, now they are words to guide!

  • Jay M.

    This is what religion should be about…not hatred and bigotry and spending millions to fight gay marriage instead of #2-ing. This is something I'm printing out and putting on the refrigerator to remind me every day of what it means to be a Christian, in a practical, and honesty, quite easy way.Peace <3Jay

  • Coop

    This is a good list. I should do all of these but I never spend enough time on them. Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hadn't forgotten you, Joe. 🙂

  • Loki's Log

    This is awesome. I am stealing this. Happy New Year!

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