Contemporary English Version (CEV)
At church today, the preacher made a great point -- God urges us to remember all the times God has been faithful, but then God promises to forget our own sins. It's not fair, and it works drastically in our favor. God is always faithful, always loving, always kind, and his grace overflows, so that due to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we are made new in his love.
As this new year begins, may we bathe in the grace of Christ, being renewed each day by the Holy Spirit. May we not attempt to earn our way to God, hoping to appease God through our efforts. May we instead receive what God so freely gives and let gratitude transform us, letting God renew us and going out into the world as a grateful people, washed in love.