My New Year Resolutions….What are yours?

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Every year, on January the first, many people  make unfathomable resolutions ranging from  changing themselves, changing others or changing the world. Since this is a tradition practiced by people of different times and place, I have decided to keep this practice by coming up with my New Year resolutions. If you are going to read my resolutions, I hope that you will also share your resolutions in the comments section or by emailing me (chrisponniah@xtra.co.nz).

Micah 6:8 plainly explains how God wants us to live. So using that verse I want to make 3 resolutions for 2015. In this verse God calls us to act justly by being fair and just to those around us; to love mercy by being compassionate and kind to those around us, and to walk humbly with God and I can do that by not focusing on myself but on God. So here are my resolutions:

  1. Justice – I will focus on my journey as a follower of Christ following the Bible the way I understand it because there is nothing like the written Word of God for showing me the journey of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3: 15-17). I will also respect the journeys of others, who follow the Bible the way they understand it, without judging or criticizing their choices or decisions.
  2. Mercy – I will focus on listening more and speaking or getting angry less (James 1: 19-21) so that I can love, accept and understand people whose religion, orientation, and practices are different from mine . As the Bible reminds us that God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger or judgment so I want to let God mould me through His Word so that I can live the law of love.
  3. Humility – I will focus on being cheerful no matter what; giving thanks to God no matter what happens as this is the way God wants those who belong to Christ Jesus to live (1 Thessalonians 5: 18). This means that I want to make a shift in my perspective of things and instead of seeing problems, I want to act positively to the opportunities that I will face this year.

Well that’s my resolutions for this year. As I look back over my life, I have come to realise that as I enter 2015, I am entering 2015 as a very different person. I enter 2015, not as an evangelical or a liberal, but as a bible-believing follower of Jesus, a pilgrim on a spiritual journey wanting to worship God, in spirit and in truth.

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