The Joy of Giving and Forgiving This New Year
Every Christmas, we receive the greatest gift ever given to humanity: Jesus, the son of God. Every New Yearl; a new opportunity to start fresh. Another great gift we receive, which we can offer others, is forgiveness. Learn all about the joy of giving and forgiving during New Year.
Why You Should Give and Forgive this New Year
Here’s why it’s time to give and forgive this new year.
Giving is Contagious
Seeing others do good deeds will inspire others to do the same because we want to see the benefit firsthand. We also become part of this chain reaction because we understand the importance of collaboration and mutualism for survival.
Giving Helps Another Person
Whether giving monetary donations to an animal shelter, volunteering your time, or donating toys to the orphanage, giving helps another person. It reduces their sadness, deprivation, and other problems this New Year.
Prayers Work When We Forgive and Give
If you’ve been asking God for help but seem not to get any, perhaps it’s because your heart is filled with hatred and unforgiveness. Seek Jesus’ help to remove your grudge and fill it with light and love this new year.
Forgiving Others Helps You Set the Right Example
Kids learn from social modeling. If you have one, the best way to teach them how to forgive is to be forgiving. This value will help them succeed as they grow in different aspects of life.
Forgiveness Lessens Stress and Panic
The last thing we want to experience during the new year is stress. One way to avoid it is by forgiving yourself and other people. Whether it’s a small argument with your spouse or a conflict with your parents, letting go will make your yearly traditions more enjoyable.
Forgiving Others is a Prerequisite for Our Own Forgiveness
In the Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor, we were taught to understand what happens to people who refuse to forgive. The king tortured the man to prison until he had paid his debt.
You Will Be Forgiven
Forgiveness is not given to a few “special” Christians. You, too, are worthy of being pardoned by God if you ask. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to pray, he told them to say:
Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation. -Luke 11:2
Jesus prays a lot, but He never sins. So he never mentions this part of the prayer. We are like His disciples who need daily food, shelter, and protection from sins.
And fall we would, again and again. – 1 John 1:8.
In a world filled with guilt and shame, the birth of Jesus Christ signifies forgiveness in flesh and blood. His destiny of dying on the cross represents salvation from our failures and disappointments.
When Jesus was born, we were forgiven. When He died, we were forgiven. When He rose after three days, we were forgiven. Such redemption also gives us the responsibility to forgive and let go of our brother’s sins, especially this new year.