New Year’s Repentance Resolutions.

December 31st, 2013 Post by

repentIt’s that time of year again, time for people to set their New Year’s Resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, quitting a bad habit, spending more time with family or finding that “special someone”. In the past I have had a few resolutions of my own, which I usually break sometime in February. I have tried to exercise more, cut down on my soda intake, and cut down the times I go out to eat to save money. For the record, I think New Year’s Resolutions are kind of silly. If I really wanted to enact a positive change to my life why wait until January 1st? This year I am taking a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m calling it: New Year’s Repentance Resolutions. The Christian life is one of repentance; so any resolution should be based on repentance and a total dependency on God’s mercy.

The first “Repentance Resolution” is to read at least one hour a day. Thirty minutes reading The Bible. Thirty minutes reading Lutheran books (The Book of Concord, The Small Catechism, or any other sound theological books).

The second “Repentance Resolution” is to meet with my pastor once and month for private confession and absolution. While confession and absolution in the divine service bring the same forgiveness, private confession and absolution allows you to confess in specifics the sins you struggle with most. I would also suggest asking your pastor for communion during this meeting.

The third “Repentance Resolution” is to confess Jesus Christ where you wouldn’t normally do so. I try to do this at work by asking people general questions about church and religion. Listening to them talk about their beliefs so you can talk to them about Jesus.

The fourth “Repentance Resolution” is to spend time with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This could be time with your children reading bible stories, meeting a church member for coffee, or attending a church group you previously hadn’t considered. Gathering with other saints to hear God’s Word every Sunday and receive communion as often as it is offered.

The fifth and final “Repentance Resolution” is to Repent. In daily prayer confessing your sins and asking our Father in heaven for forgiveness. Asking loved ones for forgiveness when you have sinned against them and forgiving them when they sin against you. We repent of our sins knowing without question that Jesus Christ forgives us and takes away all our sin.

These are just a few resolutions I will “try” to keep in 2014, I ask you all to submit other ideas to help your brothers and sisters in Christ stay steadfast in the faith in 2014.






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  1. Jim Hamilton
    December 31st, 2013 at 22:07 | #1

    I’ve been struggling lately with my prayer life. I would like to spend time daily in prayer, but for some reason it’s been difficult. So that’s my resolution, I guess. Pray everyday, even if it’s just took ask the Lord for forgiveness.

  2. Pastor Larry Gorlitz
    December 31st, 2013 at 22:39 | #2

    I commend you on your choices. But I resolve nothing. All is Grace 8-)

  3. Nathan Redman
    January 1st, 2014 at 10:07 | #3

    Pastor Gorlitz,
    Your resolution is to start watching Dr. Who ASAP.

  4. helen
    January 1st, 2014 at 12:40 | #4

    @Pastor Larry Gorlitz #2

    All is Grace

    True; to the extent that Redman succeeds, those “repentance resolutions” will be kept by Grace. “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Easter, too. :)

  5. January 4th, 2014 at 00:36 | #5

    A couple needs for the coming year are prayers:

    1.) That husbands confess their faith to their wives, and heads of households use the Catechism in the home.

    2.) That pastors be protected from the onslaughts of the enemy.

    So including such petititons in our prayers could be a fruitful resolution.

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