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FOUR NEW YEAR'S COMMITMENTS
How did Paul forget the past? James Burton Coffman quotes James Montgomery Boice:
"Well, he certainly did not forget his knowledge of the Bible, nor God's grace or God's great mercies ... his writings prove this?"
Boice thought Paul's forgetting was "ceasing to let the things which in the past overshadow the present. He let the past, both good and bad, be past, constantly looking forward to the work God had for him to do." All Christians need the grace to do the same thing.
This writer concurs with Boice. Isaiah writes (Isa 43:18-19):
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
How can you forget the past and keep looking to the future?
Confess Your Sins
John writes in 1 John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Forgive Others When They Sin against You
Forgive others. If you do, God will forgive you and you can forget both their sins and yours! Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15:
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Patiently Seek Your Future Goal
Paul writer in Romans 2:7 (NKJV), "...eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality..."
And that brings us to Commitment #2.
# 2 - Commit to Giving up Grudges
Good reads.com lists a number of interesting "Grudges Quotes."
Those are pretty good quotes, but long before there was a "Good reads.com," the book of Job taught us a lesson on giving up grudges. God allowed Satan to take away all of Job's considerable wealth, and all of his family except his wife who advised him to "curse God and die" (Job 2:9). Yet, we are told, "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly" (Job 1:22; 2:10). Twice it is said of Job that he "sinned not." Job was not bitter against God. Neither should we harbor such feelings against anyone, particularly God.
Most dictionaries give a definition for grudge that is similar to this one from Webster: "A feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will." Job, though tragically hurt and confused, did not have that kind of feeling, particularly against God. Make a commitment to give up all grudges.
# 3 - Commit to Restoring Relationships
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