There is something very refreshing and forgiving about new beginnings. This new year, new month, new day provides opportunities for positive change. I messed up yesterday, but today I have a chance to do it better….to smile more, to gossip less, to lend a helping hand, to visit the sick, to be an encouragement to someone.
Are you hesitant about making a New Year’s resolution because too many times you’ve already blown it on the third day? Or maybe I’m the only one who has that history. But there is always hope with Jesus! Here is why I’ll be making some resolutions today.
- God will give me multiple chances
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lamentations 3, 22, 23)
God knows I’m going to blow it today. He knows I’m weak. He knows I’m needy. He knows I don’t have what it takes to defeat the devil and overcome temptation to sin. He knows. So He provided a way out for me. When I confessed my sin and need for Him, He forgave me and sent the Holy Spirit to live within me and convict me of the sin I would commit in the future. And He keeps on doing that for me. He not only forgives me, He forgets those confessed sins!
- God will forgive me when I fail
If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
- God will not hold my failure against me or remind me of it
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy (loving kindness) toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:10-12)
If you head east, you keep going east. It’s the same if you head west, you continue to go west. East and west never meet. What a great analogy used to describe what God does with confessed sin of the repentant! So if God does that with our sin, shouldn’t we do the same? It will do me no good to dwell on the sin I committed yesterday. I need to learn from it and do better today.
So God is faithful to give me His love and mercy new and fresh every day to cover my messes and I don’t even have to wait until tomorrow to try again! When He is asked to forgive, He doesn’t sit around and think about if I deserve it or if He’s feeling up to it. He forgives me…. instantly! I can start over the next minute! And since He has forgiven and forgotten, I need to forgive myself and forget too!
The apostle Paul asked in Romans 6:1,2 if we should just sin away so God’s grace can be freely given. Of course not! This great love and forgiveness makes me love God all the more. I want to please Him. It sure is nice to know God’s forgiveness and grace is there for us when we need it. This great love and forgiveness makes me love and want to please God more. That gives me confidence and courage to step out and try to do better again and again and again.
And while we’re making those resolutions, let’s not only try to eat healthier and exercise more. Let’s try to draw closer to God by reading our Bibles more intentionally, praying more earnestly, loving more deeply, living more selflessly, prioritize our time more wisely, and serving others more willingly. And when we mess up, let’s be quick to repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and have the courage to begin again! May this new year bring you bountiful blessings from above!
A very Happy New Year to you!