New Year’s resolutions always seem too much of a faff.
- Committing to dieting means you have to forego all the foods you like.
- Buying a diary ties you down to coming up with something to say every day.
- Gym membership leaves you out of pocket and feeling guilty when you’re no fitter – double frustration!
I decided ages ago not to make any resolutions.
However, looking at some of what St Paul said to the Christians in Rome, it struck me that there’s great advice for us … at the start of a New Year and, frankly, any other time as well.
Love in action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
So, I have resolved that if it is possible, as far as it depends on me, I will live at peace with everyone.
I wonder how far into the year I’ll get.