I resolve …
It’s “make your resolution” time. For the most part, resolutions are made to improve a person or a situation. They can involve eating, drinking, habits, organization or whatever needs fixing and what you have control over. Most are short-lived, but all are well-intentioned. But life is not lived by resolutions.
You won’t find resolutions parallel to laws on people’s lists. What resolution list would read like this?
I resolve not to murder anyone.
I resolve not to hold up a bank this year.
I resolve not to steal a car this year.
Or, on a more personal level,
I resolve to love my wife/husband and children.
I resolve to support my family.
I resolve to brush my teeth and take a bath.
These are not the things you have to worry about or change. They are the natural responses of good moral living and common sense.
Man was created a social being. And to live in a social world, there has to be authority and submission. This is what Paul says, in the first few verses of Romans 13, concerning authority and submission in this social world. He makes no exception for the Christian. In fact, he emphasizes that the Christian should set the example for the heathen.
Can you imagine a Christian making these resolutions? Surely not!
I resolve not to cheat on my taxes.
I resolve to attend church services regularly.
I resolve not to beat my wife/husband.
I resolve to read the Bible regularly.
I resolve to pray continually.
I resolve not to lie.
I resolve not to gossip.
I resolve not to stir up strife in the neighborhood.
As a Christian, these things are natural. Resolutions do not have to be made to live righteously. Paul instructs Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) the law is not made for a righteous man, “but for the lawless and disobedient ...”
Why do people keep the laws of God? Because love compels them.
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