Why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – Vicar’s Comment – Jan 2018

I have to confess, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.

I’m not totally clear on why this is, but I think it’s probably a mixture of not wanting to set unrealistic goals, the fact that I’m not a big one for pinning plans on particular calendar dates and – if I’m being honest – because I’m a bit oblivious to at least some of the things about me which need to change.

That said, I also hope that mixed in with all of that is a deep sense of being already accepted through the work of Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong, God absolutely wants you & I to grow and grow in holiness as Christians but this must come from a position of knowing our acceptance in Jesus, and knowing that only through the Holy Spirit’s power can true, lasting and God-pleasing change come about in us – change from the inside out.

Paul describes God’s Kingdom as a Kingdom ‘ of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ‘ (Romans 14:17, NIV).

When you pray this year for godly change, why not use Paul’s words when you do so?

Yours in Christ,
Rev Chris Collins

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