Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lenten Season

Christians all around the world observe the season of Lent.
In these forty days leading up to Easter, believers in Christ devote special attention to the disciplines of repentance, self-examination, and self-denial. Many were marked with ashes in the sign of the cross on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, as it symbolizes our sinful condition and our needed repentance. It also reminds us of our mortality as heard in the words that God spoke to Adam in Genesis 3, “for dust you are, and to dust you will return”.

In the New Testament the Apostle John writes that "if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

So we observe the Lenten season, confessing our sins and repenting of our ways, with the firm assurance that God in His mercy will forgive us and cleanse us from all our sins, and with the joyful hope that Easter is on the way.

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