A friend once boasted about how much weight he had lost by eliminating one major component from his diet. Within a few short weeks he regretted his decision as it was unrealistic for the long haul.

As we begin 2023, I’d like to suggest three realistic resolutions without regret for those living in a challenging world.

First of all, a commitment to know God’s truth is critical amidst the current prevalence of deception, falsehood, and moral relativism, where each person determines their own right and wrong.

Only God’s objective truth embodied in the person of Jesus can bring us into right standing with the Father. “Your iniquities (violations of God’s perfect standards of thought, word, and deed) have made a separation between you and your God.” (Isaiah 59:2) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me,” (John 14:6) The way to the Father is through faith in the Son’s sacrifice as the payment needed to end our separation from Him (Romans 5:1).

God’s truth expressed in Scripture enables right living. “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Apart from God’s truth, we aren’t really alive, and we really don’t know how to live. To know the truth we must read God’s Word, study it for ourselves, and go to a church where God’s Word is consistently taught.

Secondly, a consistency in showing God’s truth confirms our knowledge of it and compels others to embrace it. Obedience is the evidence of our allegiance to Christ (John 14:21) and manifests itself in love for other believers and our neighbors (John 13:35; Mat. 22:39). In a world marked by hatred and sorrow and conflict, the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22) expressed by God’s children attracts the world. Daily obedience requires daily reliance upon God’s power working in us (Ephesians 3:20).

Finally, a constancy in sharing God’s truth naturally flows from those who have been transformed by its power. We long to see others enter into right standing with God and enjoy right living with men. Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word (God’s Word); be ready in season and out of season…” (2 Timothy 4:2). Not all of us are preachers, but every child of God is to bear witness to the God’s truth which transforms (Luke 24:48).

More than ever our world needs people who know, show, and share God’s truth.

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