All Praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others when they are troubled; giving them the same comfort God has given us. 2nd Corinthians1:3-4
Our heavenly Father is the God of Peace. He is also the God of love, mercy, forgiveness and comfort. That’s good news; both when we are trying to recover from dysfunctional or abusive situations and when we are going through particular trials and tribulations.
Jesus Christ suffered greatly and unjustly when He went to the cross. Many of us know exactly what suffering is all about and can relate to what it feels like to be treated unjustly. Jesus fully understands and identifies with our suffering, and He knows the kind of comfort that we need. He is worthy of our trust and He is able to deliver us from all kinds of painful circumstances. With that in mind, as we move into the New Year, many of us will make resolutions about how we are going to change this or that in our lives. However the results will probably end up the same as last year – falling back into old habits we promised ourselves we would stop!
Let’s take on a new attitude this year, a different approach if you will. Instead of just making New Year’s resolutions, try admitting how powerless our own efforts are concerning change and turn our lives over to God. Then we can allow His power to change us from within.