Did I have a need to give up anything for lent?
That was the question I asked while I waited in
line on Ash Wednesday. I knew some people felt
it was good to fast from certain foods. The Pastor
shared that receiving ashes on our forehead was
a way to remember the shame and guilt of the
cross. Then quickly added we should remember
After receiving the ashes on my forehead, I sat down. Then bowed my head and prayed.
Father, is there anything you want me to give up this season?
The thoughts that came to mind surprised me. They had nothing to do with food. It was
all about my heart.
Let go of your rights to fuss at your husband. Spend more time praying for him.
Instantly convicted of the truth spoken to me, I prayed the Lord would forgive and change me.
I felt assured he would.
Days later I learned more about giving up my rights, when a friend shared the word render means
to give up or give back.
Jesus once spoke of rendering to God the things that are God’s. Dave belongs to the Lord. So do I.
In the context of marriage, my role is to honor and respect him.
The Good News of Lent and Easter is the very foundation of our faith as Christians. Without the Cross
there would be no Savior. Without the sacrifice of the perfect son of God, we would be lost in our sin
forever. Without the blood of Jesus, there would be no forgiveness. And the resurrection of Jesus
gives brings new life and the power to change.
I am so thankful for God’s promises that make repentance possible. Aren’t you?
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9
Being confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus. Phil: 1:6