The New Year

December 29, 2011

As we bid good-bye to one year and usher in a new one, many in the world will make resolutions hoping to make a change in their lives. Here are four easy steps, found in the New Testament, to help us do just that:

We Will Honor Others

As we usher in another year, we will show honor to all people. Even though some in the world may justify withholding honor or respect due to a person’s behavior or status, we, as Christians, will remember that Christ died for all men (1 Peter 3:18), and we have a responsibility to love and show honor to all.

We will Love the Brotherhood

As this New Year arrives, we will strive to love and encourage God’s people. We will be determined to put the interests of others above our own (Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-4;Galatians 6:10). We will strive for unity and refuse to let our brother stumble. Love will be our motto and teaching Jesus to a dying world will be our mission.

We will Fear God

We will remember each day that our purpose is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13. We will fear God and keep his commandments and, in doing so, will strengthen our faith and lead others to Christ. We will teach our children, not only those in our family, but those in our communities and congregations. We will make a difference in this world and we will do it for the glory of God. We will fear our Lord but we will be courageous in our mission to bring others to Him.

We will Respect our Rulers

We will honor the government, regardless of whether we agree with those in power or not. We will remember that we are subject to the governing authorities, and there is no authority that exists that isn’t appointed by our God (Romans 13:1). We will be honorable; however, as soldiers of Christ, we will not sit idly by and let the evils in this world lead others astray. We will stand up for what is good and right but we will do so in a respectful manner.

The words of Peter are as relevant today as they were in the first century, “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (I Peter 2:17).

Four simple steps to be lead us this into this New Year and closer to Christ. I’m looking forward to 2012 regardless of what it may bring.

Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a wild ride.

Entry Filed under: New Year's Day. Posted in  New Year's Day .

3 Comments Add your own

  •    jel  |  December 30th, 2011 at 12:10 am     Reply

    hope ya have a great New year!


  •    Tim Pyles  |  January 2nd, 2012 at 1:47 am     Reply

    Wonderful thoughts, Paula! Thanks for sharing your insights. May 2012 be a year of countless blessings for you and your family.

  •    Paula Harrington  |  January 2nd, 2012 at 12:59 pm     Reply

    Thank you both for stopping by. Happy New Year!

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