Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
During Advent, the world keeps screaming at us. Buy the new thing. This is the toy of the year – or gadget of the year. Laundry detergents are “new and improved”. So are diets and cars and cell phones.
How about us? Whether we have been Christians for years or are just new born, we also can be new and improved.
Because we are human and fallible, we make mistakes, we sin (yes, I know that’s not a popular word any more) and we fall short – sometimes very short – of our aims.
The joy comes when we recognize that God is the ultimate forgiver. When we fall short all we need do is to repent. Repent is another old-fashioned word that we don’t hear much any more either. It means more than being sorry for something we’ve done or neglected. It also means making amends and changing our behavior.
When we have done something that God disapproves, we simply agree with Him that it was a wrong action; determine to change that attitude and behavior; and He forgives us, helping us to become better, more like what He intended.
Today is the beginning of a new year – 2016. If I make one resolution for the year, it will be to become more nearly what our Heavenly Father intended when he called me forth. I’m counting on my readers to hold me accountable for that resolve.
Do you have a resolution for the new year? Tell us in the comments and let us help you be accountable for keeping it.
May God bless your endeavors this day and throughout the New Year.
Help us to be accountable one to another for our resolutions. Grant that we may be both new and improved – daily.
In Jesus’ most precious name.