Hey hey heyyyy, it’s Tuesday! It’s also January. Which means we just came into a new and exciting year. This year we get to start over. We can leave all the old news behind us and create better news for ourselves. This year is our year. AKA, what we say every year.
I’m pretty poppin’ on social media these days and all I see is everyone wanting to ignore the people who hurt them in the past year. “New year, new me”. Well, that’s a pretty okay thing to do if these people are toxic to our lives. As I’ve kept reading and digging into God’s word, I’ve noticed that God promises us new beginnings all the time. In my life, I’ve definitely experienced people that I needed to end the friendship or relationship with . I know I know, as a Christian, I should love everyone and I should forgive people and get over it, right? 100% right, but God also says to protect ourselves. Even if that means distancing ourselves from others.
Something I want to share first, is what God says about it. Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.”
The very first thing this verse says is, “above all else”. How many times a day are we really paying attention to our own heart? I think we get confused with what our hearts want and what our minds want. Our minds may say ‘that guy looks like someone I need to be with’, but our hearts may say ‘hey, he’s a player, don’t do that to me!’. How are we able to truly love others if we do not love ourselves first?
You might ask how am I supposed to love myself when I look the way I do, or how can I love myself when I act the way I do, or how can I love myself when I always let God down?
#1, God says “you are more precious than rubies, nothing can compare to your beauty.” Proverbs 3:15 We have to be confident that our PERFECT God created us just the way he planned. God makes no mistakes and He didn’t stop with you.
#2, Remember last week when I brought out John 3:16? Well keep remembering that. Jesus died JUST so your sins could be wiped away.
#3, 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” God says you are a new creation in Him, your past is in the past! He forgives you daily.
I also want to point out that “New year, new me” is so completely false. Now you’re like what? Tess, you just gave a talk about God’s forgiveness. You’re right, but it gets even better. “God’s mercies are new every morning” Lamentations 3:23. So instead of waiting every year to try again, you get re-do’s everyday! But His trick is that we, ourselves, quit trying and completely give it to Him. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you!” This way, we can forgive ourselves and forgive our enemies.
Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Let’s make this year a year of forgiveness! Even if that means forgiving the guy that broke your heart or the friend who stabbed you in the back or the family member who isn’t really acting like a family member. This is a challenge for you and ME! Personally, I’ve got to work on all three of those. I know I used A LOT of Bible verses this time but I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that these sweet, sweet words were from our God and not me. Here are some more verses that help me push through the hard times, help me forgive even when I don’t want to.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Let’s make this year actually our year, but doing it the right way!
From West Virginia but now living in North Carolina, Tess is a sophomore in college studying Pre-Nursing! She loves hanging out with her family and friends, singing, cute dogs, Jesus, Chick Fil A, Sour Patch Kids, anything fluffy, and cozy blankets. Tess and Savannah met freshman year of high school and they’ve been inseparable ever since. You can follow along with Tess on Instagram @tmmckx14, Twitter @tmmckx14, and Pinterest.com/tmmckx14
Thanks so much for reading this week’s Tuesday with Tess! I’m so glad y’all are hearing from my best friend. Now you know how awesome she is. Tuesday is also awesome because its GIVEAWAY TIME! I’m teaming up with my sweet friend Tiffani and some other blogger girls to give away a $150 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, the Naked Smokey Palette, Origins Charcoal face mask (3.4 oz bottle), three wire wrapped bracelets, a custom Koozie and monogram keychain, and a “Good things comes to those who hustle” mug. Our total prize package is worth about $300! This giveaway ends Tuesday, January 26.