Overcoming sin and temptation is a key focus during Lent. When we think of the word ‘sin’, many of us usually associate it with feelings of guilt over the times we have failed and can often start to lose hope in being able to overcome. However, instead of just allowing ourselves to lose hope and feel guilty, we are being invited to develop a deeper sense of sin that acquaints us with the One who opposes it; God.
We are being invited into a deeper knowing of God, and to align our desires more closely to Him so that we might recognise that His work against sin is part of His plan to bring salvation to humanity. As we come to understand and love God more, we grow in greater strength, courage and most importantly, the desire to say ‘no’ to sin. Pope Benedict XVI says, “True fasting… is rather to do the will of the heavenly Father.” Through acts of fasting and self-denial, we begin to empty ourselves of our broken humanity and create more space within ourselves to align our desires with God. He is the One who nourishes, feeds and strengthens us more and more each time we say yes to Him. Let us remember that as we continue to offer up our various sacrifices during Lent this year, we are partnering with God’s plan to save us and that there is reason to hope!
As you continue to offer your Lenten sacrifices this Lent, what is one area of your life you desire for the Lord to transform? Share about this in your small group and bring it to Him in prayer.
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