January is the perfect time of the year when we turn over a new leaf, reaffirm all that is important in one’s life, in other words, make New Year resolutions.
Among the most popular are the following :- lose weight, debt reduction, save money, better job, get fit, eat healthily, better education, quit smoking, reduce stress, or have a decent holiday.
You probably know that the tradition of New Year’s resolutions is associated with Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, and goes back to 153B.C. Janus is often depicted as having two faces, one looking back and the other looking forward. Looking back, we may have regrets, pain and lack of forgiveness. But if we are to move forward, forgiveness is a great necessity.
Jesus teaches us to ask God to forgive us that we may also forgive those who have wronged and hurt us. There is no better time to release someone from the prison of your unforgiveness. It can liberate you as well.
In the Gospel of John we read these amazing words John 1 (1)
“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John goes on to say something even more amazing. John 1 (14)
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
God in His Son has come so wonderfully near to us.
As I wish you a very happy New Year at the beginning of a new year and a new decade, I pray that the reality of the incarnation will be a part of the experience of you all.
Good News has come so very near to us in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Revd. H. Vincent Watkins
Eglwys y bedyddwyr carmel baptist church pontlliw
Carmel is a loving community of the spirit, serves a living Christ and takes seriously the lavish commission of our Lord to be witnesses for Him in the world.
You will find here a very warm welcome.
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Rev. H. Vincent Watkins