Should Christians Make New Year’s Resolutions?

By   •   January 1, 2014


A quick glance at social media shows that some Christians wonder if they even should be making resolutions. Are you one of them?

If so, take comfort in the words and wisdom of Billy Graham who has responded to a number of questions about that annual ritual in his My Answer columns through the years.

Questions about New Year’s Resolutions

If you could make just one New Year’s resolution for the coming year, what would it be? I used to make a long list of New Year’s resolutions every year, but I only got discouraged because I never kept them so I’ve decided to concentrate on just one this year.
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Does the Bible say anything about making New Year’s resolutions? I quit making them years ago because I never could keep them, but now that I’m more serious about my faith I wondered if I ought to give it a try again.
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The other day, a friend asked me how many of my New Year’s resolutions I’d managed to keep, and I had to admit that I’d forgotten all about them. He admitted that this had been his experience, as well. Why do we have so much trouble changing our behavior?
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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to read some of the Bible every day. But like most of my resolutions, I’ve failed to keep it. I found some of it interesting, but I didn’t really understand most of it, so I stopped. Was I doing something wrong?
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I’ve about decided I’m not going to make any New Year’s resolutions this year. I’ve always done it, but I don’t think I’ve ever managed to keep a single one more than a few weeks. Why should I bother?
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  1. says:

    I love jesus

  2. mylinjoy c. labrador says:

    not really my new years resolution but my desire is what Colossians 3:16-18 ….to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart so that whatever circumstances that might come I have peace…to let the word of Christ dwells in me so that in my daily journey as a believer I have the compass, and to let the Life of Christ be seen in me… do all things for His glory and honor….

  3. Barbara T Duckett says:

    I have learned a lot from you. You are the best in my book. God bless you!

  4. joy says:

    Thankyou. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Thank you Lord for dying for siin

  5. Victoria Van Rooyen says:

    I am very honoured and priviledged to be part of this family.U really inspire us in Christ.May God use u more and more-Thank u very much

  6. mundama's family, cameroon says:

    daddy, your life challenges me of the faith you have in God, the strength that God has given you even at a good old age. when i see you preaching my faith is uplifted as thousands always surrender their lives to Christ. happy birthday