However, as for me, a resolution shouldn’t be made only when new year comes – after realizing it for a year that something wrong should be resolved or that something needs improvement. I believe that making a resolution should be a daily struggle for a person who sincerely wants to become better. Waiting for a year before deciding to make a resolution is foolish. Why would you wait for a new year before you change a bad habit? It would seem like you’d only be doing it just to make an impression that there’s something new about you or just for the sake of adding a little good color to the new season and not out of the sincere desire of the heart.
Anyway, Last January 1, 2012, the Sunday sermon was about new year’s commitment. Here is the outline I got with Bible references as shared by Kuya Jong Juanillo.
Commitments for 2012
1. Commit yourself to forget failures
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting
what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
2. Commit yourself to give up your grudges.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Grudges are dangerous:
– It destroy marriages
– break up families
– ruin friendships
– split churches
3. Commit yourself to restore relationships.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
4. Commit yourself to turn your back on your transgressions.
By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–