Daily Inspiration: Lenten Actions that Bring Healing 1
March 2, 2020, 4:00 AM

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

Lent is a season where we, as the people of God, look to the cross of Christ, then take seriously the things in our lives that are driving Jesus to Calvary. When we discover these things God calls us to a three-part healing process for our sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions. The first step is contrition. Contrition means to be genuinely grieved by something we have done. Often we display contrition when we get caught doing something wrong, but this is not real contrition. We are not truly grieved by the action, but by the fact we got caught. God calls us to be honest enough with ourselves to recognize the depths of our sinfulness and the price that Jesus would have to pay to cover it, and be genuinely saddened that we have brought Him to that place. This honesty with ourselves is the emotional impetus we need for real change to occur in our lives. Does your sin truly appall and dismay you or is it simply an inconvenience that is occasionally disappointing?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to be true grieved by the things at offend You in my life. Help me to be so appalled that I can do naught but change in ways that please You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God is not looking for repayment, but repentance. What heals a broken relationship is sincere love and contrition. — Frederica Mathewes-Green

 

Quote of the Day

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins

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