I Think I’ll Give This Up for Lent

I was asked a few weeks ago if we follow Lent. For those not in the know, Lent is a 40 day period of fasting, restraint, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations, leading up to Easter, where observers tend to give up something they like (such as a food, like meat or certain meals or a form of entertainment, like television) essentially as a form of “fasting” for the purposes of getting closer to God for penance. There are many Christians who hold to these 40 days as a time of study. While there is certainly nothing wrong with studying, or fasting, this should not be a time of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God’s favour or increasing His love. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is. Repentance and deep self examination are beautiful for followers of Christ, but wouldn’t any day or even everyday be a great time to consider giving up what God tells us to leave behind in life, repenting of sin is something we should be doing every day not just for the 40 days of Lent. One doesn’t have to wait for a specific time of the year to remember and celebrate Christ’s saving work through His death and resurrection? Every time Bible believing Christians come together to break bread we remember and proclaim the Lord’s death, resurrection til He comes back. Paul challenged the church at Colossae to, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other . . . . And above all these put on love” Colossians 3:12-14.
He also told the church to get rid of certain parts of their lives. “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth” (Colossians 3:8).
I have three suggestions for you: firstly, read Colossians 3:1-17 each day; secondly, pick one area to ‘put away’; thirdly, repent of that sin and pray for God’s strength to help you work through it.
Spend these days honouring God by doing those things which will please Him and observe what is taught in the Bible and not rely on traditions of men.

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