As we celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY), let us give praise to God our Father, with a deep sense of thanksgiving in being reunited with the members of the extended family. Family gatherings are times to thank God for His manifold blessings. It is also a time to remember our forefathers and those who have passed on in our families.

We thank God for all that He has provided yesterday, today and tomorrow.

By Julianne Danielle Lim

8 Bible Verses

to dwell on during this CNY

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever

– 1 Timothy 5:8

The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. Good people suffer many troubles, but the Lord saves them from them all

Psalm 34:18-19

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you

– John 16:22

As we go about the cultural practice of exchanging gifts, let us be reminded how these emphasize the importance of building good relationships with our family members and friends. We take this time to show gratitude and respect to our families. In God’s strength, it is also a time to forgive one another and to reaffirm relationships.

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive

– Colossians 3:13

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity

– Proverbs 17:17

Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you

– Exodus 20:12

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD

– Joshua 24:15