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More today than yesterday

 

This is the time of year people make New Year’s resolutions, but they are soon quickly forgotten. One way to make a New Year’s resolution easy to remember is by keeping it short and simple. If you’re like most people, we need a resolution that’s more like a concept, rather than resolving to change specific behaviors. Something meaningful that would motivate us to become a better Christian.

For example, love is a motivational concept that involves every aspect of life. Jesus tells us that the great commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And the second command is to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31).

Paul tells us, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10). “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:4-8).

If we love God more, we’ll become a better Christian. As a better Christian, we’ll improve in every relationship -- we’ll become better people, in every way. Have you thought about the fact that you can love God more today than yesterday?

In Paul’s prayer for the Philippians, he revealed that they could love God more. He prayed that their love would “abound still more” (Phil. 1:9). Their love was abounding, but it could abound even more.

There is never a time we can’t love God more. Therefore, there is never a time we can’t become a better Christian. Our love for God grows when we increase in true knowledge. True knowledge results in spiritual maturity as we grow through God’s word.

To love God more, we must grow through His word. The more we grow through God’s word, the more we love God. If we love God more this year, we’ll make fewer mistakes while also becoming a better Christian. And, we’ll have a better attitude toward obeying God.

Whether you’re thinking about making a New Year’s resolution or setting a goal, think about loving God more through better knowledge of His word. You’ll become a better Christian, if you do.

 
 
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