Thought for the Week, December 31 2021

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As 2021 ends, it is always wise to take time out to reflect on the past year before you start making bold plans and setting high goals for the upcoming year.

Perhaps in these reflections you will discover that there are some loose ends that need to be tied up, maybe a relationship that needs to be healed, a debt that needs to be paid, or an apology that needs to be spoken.

These loose end matters may be difficult for you to accept, perhaps painful, they may seek change and call on you to step out your comfort zone and sacrifice your pride.

Ephesians 4 v 31 – 32 encourages us with the following:

V31 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every
form of malice.

V32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Identifying loose ends in your life, and embracing the challenge of tying them up like the text in Ephesians suggests brings something beautiful and powerful into your life.

It is with that beauty and power that you can confidently look ahead to the unknown and uncertainty of 2022, embracing the wonder of the certainty and healing found in Christ.

May 2022 be a blessed year for all of us in our different communities, may we seek to follow Christ’s example in life, and may we strive to be kind, compassionate, loving and forgiving to one another.

Pastor Ryan Taylor, Lochgilphead Baptist Church.