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Look to the Bible for New Year’s resolutions

 

It seems that every New Year, we are caught up in a whirlwind of well-intentioned resolutions. Some Christians may wonder, “Is all this really necessary? Is it even appropriate to make resolutions? After all, shouldn’t we at all times and all seasons seek to live wisely, obediently, and biblically?”

Some may even go so far as to argue that resolutions themselves are not biblical, based on the fact that the Word of God itself provides guidelines for His people. But the Word of God actually gives us some good reasons for making resolutions.

2 Timothy 2:15 is a good example of resolving to read the Bible more, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Being quick to repent and to turn to God is another good resolve found in Scripture. “Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning” (Joel 2:12).

Striving to do the will of God should be the desire of every Christian (Luke 13:24) as well as loving the Lord with everything we have. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5).

The whole matter of making resolutions is not just setting goals so that we might have happier lives. We are called by God to live according to His will, not our own -- for Christ’s sake, for it is not unto us but unto Him that all glory belongs (Ps. 115:1).

We cannot resolve to do anything without the help of God. We must understand that in being able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us means that we must depend on His strength continuously in order to do all things (Eph. 3:16; Col. 1:11).

As we begin this New Year, pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during this coming year. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

 
 
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