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By Marylin Kilsby
Do you make resolutions at the beginning of each New Year? If so, how long do yours last before they get broken? Many resolutions bite the dust rather quickly, some within the first twenty four hours. One could say that those who make resolutions demonstrate a certain optimism that the coming year will truly be different. Is this realistic, though? Maybe we find it so difficult to keep resolutions because, unless we change fundamentally, we will, sooner or later, trip and fall once again.
However, the wonderful thing about the Gospel is that our Heavenly Father gives us the Holy Spirit and He enables us to change and become a new creation with a new heart. We can become more like Jesus, not just because we resolve to, for instance, work at becoming a nicer person. As we get closer to God and commune with Him and really want to change, His Holy Spirit in us works a change in us. Even when we do trip up He won’t let us crash to the ground. In Psalm 37:24 we read: “though he may stumble, he will not fall for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (NIV Anglicised). We’ll never be completely like Jesus while we’re on this earth but we can become more and more like Him as He changes us on the inside.
Changes for the better continues to happen way into the future. There are promises in the Book of Revelation for those who overcome the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God. We will be given a new name and a new song, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. We will be the Bride of Christ, a new Jerusalem.
Let us rejoice that each of us has a sure hope! One day, our failures to improve in our own strength will be totally forgiven and forgotten. Our Father will continue the work in us which He started on earth. He really will make everything new.
View previous Reflection articles
A Christmas Reflection
Life After Death
Life’s Challenges Pt. 2
The Shattered Glass
Not Quite the Damascus Road
A Home for the Lord
The New Age of Martyrs
A God of Second Chances
Acceptance & Rejection
More Thoughts on Christmas
Thoughts on Christmas
The Vastness of Creation
Home is where the Heart is
Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
Sticks and Stones
Beauty in the Chaos
God and Creation
The Lord is near
Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
Remain in Me
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