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Have faith in Jesus for a change in you
Published 09/01/17

ALMOST a week in, I wonder how many of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions. 

Or perhaps, like me, you know you’ll fail to keep them so never make any in the first place!

But what is it about a New Year that causes us to reflect on our lives and consider what we could do to bring about change for the better? 

According to one national newspaper a couple of years ago, some of the most common resolutions included exercise more, eat better, cut down on alcohol, stop smoking and spend less time on social media. My guess is that this list hasn’t changed much since then.

There is something about a New Year that causes us to want to change, to make a new start, to begin afresh. 

The trouble is that, due to our human nature, it is not something we find very easy. 

We get accustomed to a particular lifestyle and to our peculiar habits and thus to make any significant changes takes an awful lot of willpower, especially if we enjoy some of the things that we ought to stop or cut down on! 

Of course, there is an underlying issue that we have to confront as well.  For as human beings we tend to be driven by our own wants and desires, by what makes us feel good, rather than what is always best for us, let alone how we might change in a way that would benefit other people.

But here’s the good news.  In fact it’s the same good news that we might have even heard about over the Christmas season.

For the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that he came to bring about change — a change in the lives of men and women, by enabling us to have a new start, what the Bible calls being born again. 

It’s a new perspective through which our human nature actually changes, so that instead of being driven by our own wants and desires, we start to look out for how we might live to please God, which will not only result in our ultimate best, but will also be for the good of others. 

Through faith in Jesus Christ this New Year could literally result in a new you!

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