Things To Review And Forget

W. Terry Varner
December 29, 2013

Many of us measure time in various ways, but most of us use as a point of reference January 1, the beginning of a New Year. We make resolutions, review, and rededicate ourselves as the physical year ends and a new year begins. There is nothing wrong with it when it is done from a biblical perspective. Consider:

We need to review our past year. Is it right to review our past year? Yes. Paul reviewed his life in the words, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Can you review 2013 and say with Paul what he said, when he looked back over his life?

The early Christians, “assembled themselves together with the church” (Acts 11:26). How many worship day and Bible study services did you miss? When you attended did you give as you prospered (1 Cor. 16:2) and give liberally (Rom. 12:8)?

Have you tried to help with the work of the church? Have you been more than a sustaining member? We are instructed, “be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Did you grow spiritually? Have you learned more of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible (2 Peter 3:18). Have you been like the psalmist whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night?” (Ps. 1:2). Most importantly, have you repented of your sins committed in 2013? We are told, “repent, therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).

When it comes to your attitude, have you been a happy Christian? Dedicated Christians are the happiest people in this world. This should be true in our life. God is our Father (Matt. 6:9) and Christ is our Elder brother (Heb. 2:11). We must love Jesus, “whom having not seen you love, though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

We must remember to forget. I love the New Year as it is not only a time for deep reflection, but it is also a time to forget things. Paul wrote, “forgetting those things which are behind” (Col. 3:13). What does the Christian need to forget from his past?

We can forget our mistakes. There has not been a year of our life, since we have been old enough to be accountable to God, that we have not made mistakes. We can learn from our mistakes, but once the lesson is learned then let us go on to more important things. Nothing is gained by beating ourselves “over the head” with the mistakes made in 2013.

We can forget our grudges. Let none of us enter 2014 carrying the old grudges we have against others, Christians and non-Christians. 2014 can be ruined and our productivity in Christ destroyed if we continue to carry our grudges. Learn to forgive others so that Jesus will forgive us (Matt. 6:14-15). Jesus taught us, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12).

We can forget our complaining. Too much time and energy is wasted in complaining about our lot in life, or about things around us that disturb us. God punished Israel for murmuring (1 Cor. 10:10) and warns us to “do all things without complaining and disputing” (Philip. 2:13, NKJV).

Review 2013 and correct things and forget things that detract and derail s from being truly Christians. Have a great 2014!