Why is the new year such a big deal? Because we look forward to what we can do, what we may do. We like new. We like to say what we will (want) to do now that the new year is here. I’m going too …
Then the year passes. We eagerly look forward to ‘the holidays’; until, that is, we realize the new year is coming up and we remember all the things we said at the last new year we were going to do and realize all we neglected to do. So, we start looking forward to the ‘new year’ so we can begin again.
God’s Word points us to the only new we need, and it is not new, it’s been there since the beginning. God wants us to love one another. To encourage each other. To care. He wants us to love unconditionally His people, as He does us. Forgiving each other’s missteps, as He does.
This love for one another is the love of the people, not of what the people do. Someone may disappoint us but we need to love them while hating the disappointment. Someone my hurt us, in any number of ways, but God asks that while we hate the hurt and what’s behind it, we still love the person.
Are you able to separate a person from their actions? Are you able to love the sinner while hating the sin? This is what we’re called to do. As you go into this new year remember the new God wants us to follow, “… love one another”.