Have you ever been reading along in your bible when a word seems to leap off the page at you? Perhaps you’ve noticed a theme in your life and suddenly the topic is everywhere, including your bible.
Or maybe you feel the Lord has shown you a word to focus on for a season. Some people like to choose a word at the beginning of the year, to inspire them to change or growth. Communities have even arisen around this concept.
If God created the world with words (“And God said…”), and if Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), then it goes without saying that words matter!
When a word becomes particularly meaningful to me, I like to make lists of scriptures that include that word.
Doing word studies and making scripture lists has been one of the more fruitful exercises I have undertaken in studying the bible. I enjoy digging into the original meaning of the words, but I also like to see different instances of the word side by side.
Perhaps you might like to try this exercise as well. We’ve created a free printable Scripture Word Sheet for you to add to your bible study notebook! There is space for each scripture reference, as well as a place underneath to write out the verse. If you enjoy researching, you’ll also find an area to note the original Greek or Hebrew word and its meaning.