With the New Year, you get to put the past behind you and start fresh right? With Christ you never have to worry you are already forgiven.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
See with Christ the old is washed away, and you are new again. (If you believe). Doesn’t that make you feel so alive knowing he made you new again. You don’t have to be dead to sin anymore like it says in this next verse.
Romans 6:11-12 (NIV)
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Now why would you give into your desires, if you’ve been set free?
Romans 6:22 (NIV)
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
I sure wouldn’t! There are so many benefits, but to have eternal life with Jesus, and God is the Best Reason of all.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NIV)
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.