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Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy All Year

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And he said, “Write for these things are faithful and true.”  Revelation 21:4 (New American Standard Bible)

Did you ever make a New Year’s resolution?  I believe we all have.  About the only one I’ve kept consistently is my resolve to eat dark chocolate.  The coming of a new year gives us a chance to change patterns in our lives that are detrimental and to ‘resolve’ to act in ways that guide us in a healthy direction.  It is a chance at new beginnings.

Jesus gave us a chance at new beginnings when He gave His life on the cross of Calvary and it isn’t only for salvation.  There are some who live in emotional and spiritual agony that God will never forgive them for what they’ve done.  Pardon is why God sent His Son as the blameless Lamb of God.  Only God can and is willing to lift those burdens from our shoulders and to be the power to make any resolution to change successful.

Regardless of anything you’ve done in the past year that caused you grief God has opened the door of His grace through which forgiveness can be gained.  Past transgressions are not remembered.  He no longer brings to mind what you have confessed to Him and He doesn’t hold it against you because He sees you through the blood of His Son.  That is enough.  We can resolve to make amends and begin anew in Him every day.  His grace and compassion are incomparable.  Mankind gives the chance to make resolutions every January 1st. God wishes us Happy All Year and bids us resolve to lay our burdens at His feet all 365 days of the year.