As we begin this new year, many will make resolutions. They will use the phrase “New Year, New You.”
I usually avoid resolutions. However, this year, I would like to suggest beginning the new year believing a “new” truth about yourself.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV).
What does it mean to be new in our homes? Our marriages? Our parenting?
We often can hold past and present sins against our self, parents, spouse, or children. Unfortunately this keeps us from moving forward in relationships and can keep us from loving others unconditionally.
It can also cause damage and devastation in these relationships too.
Let’s look at how God views sin. What is His response? These examples were shared in Jerry Bridges’ book, Transforming Grace.*
- He remembers them no more-In Isaiah 43:25 God says, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
- He casts them into the depths-Micah 7:19 states, “He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Try to picture the difficulty and time intensive process of recovering wreckage from a shipwreck.
- He removes them-Psalm 103:12- “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” How far is the east from the west? Answer: infinity. He infinitely removes and takes care of our sin.
Since God remembers our sins no more, casts them into the depths, and removes them from us, can we do the same for others? Since God has shown us amazing grace through dealing with our sins through Jesus Christ, we need to offer this same grace to others. This is not in our own strength and willpower, it is through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
As we go through 2015, let’s remember that because of Jesus we are a new creation.
This means we are forgiven and made clean. As we understand this truth about ourselves and others, we can make this year a great one.
*Bridges, Jerry. Transforming Grace. NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO 1991, 2008, 43-48.