What is Lent?

Lent is a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter. It symbolizes the 40 days that Jesus spent wandering the desert fasting and resisting Satan’s temptation. Christians practice Lent to show discipline and penance to God. Though Lent is not mentioned in the Bible, it is a tradition long accepted in the Christian church. Sundays are not counted in Lent since the primary focus of all Sundays in the Christian faith should be the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Lent remains a prominent part of the Christian faith. It is still characterized by sacrificing something for the Lord and focusing on spiritual growth. This includes not only fasting and prayer but partaking in new practices and acts of service that draw us closer to Christ.. It is a time for Christians to repent of sin, renew their faith, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of their Savior. It is our prayer that the words on these pages will be used by the Holy Spirit to identify changes that need to take place in our lives to draw closer to Christ. If one person’s life is opened to God’s grace in Jesus Christ then contributors to this devotional will have the greater reward.


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Day 9 - February 23, 2018

Showing Through Us

Ephesians 4:31-32
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Pain can consumer your life if you let it. Why as humans do we let Satan win? It is because we are human and we all make mistakes! Nevertheless, why should we live in a life of pain? Do you think God wants that for us? No! He wants us to live, inspire, and create goodness around the world. Bitterness causes us to become more individualistic. Jesus did not change the world by himself, and neither can we. Rage and anger fills hearts with suffering. With these traits, we see passion. Passion should be fueling other followers into lives of vocation. How can you funnel your negative traits to help the people around you?

Slander causes us to cast agony to innocent people. But our words have other gifts! We use them to share God’s love and compassion, to help us guide one another. If we are kind and compassionate to one another and forgive one another, we will start to walk closer to God. He has taught us how to live; we just have not been paying attention. 

See as humans, we have our agenda. People have different values then the ones that have been taught to us. God allows us to choose what we see as important. That is the beautiful thing about life; it is never unchanging, never static. As humans we forgive each other, we teach one another, and we help tackle difficult scenarios. Mistakes are made. This is why there is forgiveness. God has taught us all the rules; are we ready to finally ready to put them in action? Take today to evaluate your life and see what God is trying to teach you to do. Let us pray together. 

PRAYER
Lord, open our hearts to your rules. Let us start to read more about your examples and stories. Help us find the meaning in the stories that you have passed down to us. Show us how to forget about past issues and dive into future solutions. Help us understand that your love does not have to be earned, but showed instead through us. Let us be beacons of your good news to the people that are around us. We ask all of this in your son’s Holy name, Amen.

submitted by Kurt Hamilton

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