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Monday, February 15, 2016

Inspired by . . . preparation

As I've worked this week to prepare the soil of my heart to receive the blessing of Lent, I've tried to be mindful of habitual sins. Sins that some would say, "Oh, that's your personality. You were made that way." Sins that our churches and our culture don't give the time of day. At times we may be tempted to look at our sin, and compare ourselves to others. "I'm not as bad as so-and-so."

But God doesn't compare our sins to the sins of others. 
"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:7)
These are the sins that we tend to be indulgent of in ourselves, but intolerant of when we see them in others.

Sin, any and all sin, separates us from God.

If Lent is a time of emptying, of clearing out to make room for God, then the best thing we can clear out is the sin in our lives.

It is appropriate for us to enter into the sorrow and the darkness, where we can hear the voice of God, and face our sin.

And repent.

Because just as this Lenten season ends in Easter, the resurrection, and new life, we don't dwell long in that place of sorrow and darkness.

Our repentance peels back the dead layers of offense surrounding our hearts, and allows us to be who we are meant to be in Christ.

Reborn. Made new.

We walk from darkness into His glorious light.


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