SISTER MARIAN’S WEB-
LENT AND EASTER
I don't like Lent! -
I like to think of it as that special time when we can concentrate on our relationship with God, a time to spend time with Him, a time to accept His forgiveness and a time to learn just how much He really loves us.
The truth is that no one can earn a place in God’s Kingdom!
Good works alone will not get us in to heaven. But let’s face it, none of us are ‘good enough’ any way.
So, why then, do anything at all?
Throughout the New Testament, it is clear that our relationship with God is based on FAITH in Jesus and not simply by doing good works.
Scripture suggests that we perform good works because inwardly receiving Jesus into ourselves transforms us.
Then because of our Love of God we want to please our Heavenly Father just as our own children want to please us.
A great deal of guidance on how to do this is found in the scriptures and through the life and teachings of Jesus and the letters of the leaders of the new church.
In the Old Testament Psalm 15 suggests that in order to be fit in any way to live in God’s presence involves our behaviour, our speech, our attitudes to sin in the world, our integrity and our sense of justice.
Whatever we are and our own values whether good or bad should be taken over in our desire, aided by the Holy Spirit to do what God wants and not what we think is right or wrong.
Our continual battle to subdue our wills to His means we have times of rebellion and we often get it wrong.
It is only through God’s Grace and the way we have been reconciled to God through Jesus and what He has done by taking our sins upon Himself, dying for us on a cross and overcoming death and thereby opening a new covenant (or agreement) between God and His people that we are 'saved'!
Without what He has done, no matter how many good things we do, we can’t earn our way into Heaven.
Underlying all of this is God’s love for us and our love for Him.
We need to remember with thanksgiving that although we may not be aware of it, He has chosen us we have not chosen Him. What we have done is said yes to His call to us to serve Him and that service is carried out where we are.
Because of Jesus we can have confidence to come into God’s presence no matter what we have done wrong, because Jesus had redeemed us – He has paid for our wrong doings and we are free.
Lent is a special time, given to us by the church to allow us to take time to consider with God, sometimes alone with Him and sometimes with other Christians, how we are doing in our relationships with Him. It can be a bit like a ‘Family Conference’.
This can involve us asking ourselves the questions such as:
Father and not because I am afraid but because He loves me and I love Him.
way I behave?