New year. 2017. Consider it a blank page. A fresh start.
The brand new year is God’s way to give each us an opportunity to start all over again.
But for us to fully appreciate “starting over again”, we also have to understand the power of and repentance and forgiveness.
I’m reminded of 1 John 1:9 (the Message), which says, “On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.”
I believe it’s human nature to try to move forward while dragging part of our soggy, dirty past with us.
Maybe we bring with us to the new year harboring unforgiveness over our mom or dad. Perhaps, it’s going to 2017 with the guilt that we hurt someone and still trying to move forward, as if nothing happened.
It’s possible that we face the new year “baby-ing” the seemingly “small, secret sins” that, over time can develop into destructive habits.
Honestly, it’s hard to face the new year bringing with us the “extra baggages” of 2016.
So in order to make the fresh start, why not begin by examining from the inside, be transparent before God and then, confess to Him directly the bad things we did?
You see, confessing what we did before God takes guts, as if we’re saying, “Lord, I’m taking responsibility for what I did. Please forgive me, change me and help me become the kind of person that You want me to be in 2017.”
When we do so, we receive His grace. And His grace means, shedding off our tendency to be self-reliant or self-sufficient and totally depending on God for strength each day.
From there, we’ll be ready to take this exciting journey in 2017, knowing that God will be writing our story for the rest of this year and yes, in the years to come.