A local television reporter visited an exclusive gym as part of a news item just days after Christmas.
A female staff member from the gym told the reporter that a large part of their business came from people taking out yearly memberships in January.
She went on to say that the gym was incredibly busy in January, quite busy in February, and back to normal by March. Resolutions are often short lived.
Perhaps what is needed is a personal trainer who will hold us to account. Accountability is very important in every walk of life, however, what often we need is... forgiveness.
Christian teaching says: ‘Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.’ God’s response to us is surprising. Psalm 103 v 10 tells us, ‘God does not treat us as our sins deserve.’ God goes even further, for in Jesus Christ we see God’s willingness not to condemn but to forgive.
Like the people who encountered Jesus many years ago we can approach him in prayer and find the forgiveness that He freely gives.
As we receive His forgiveness he tells us that we now have an obligation to forgive others.
He confronts us with his words saying: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6 v 14-15
Rev Paul Linkens
Ebrington Presbyterian Church