Honesty

honestyAt a recent Lent seminar I attended, one of those present said, “Lent is about honesty.” That is a good message for us to remember on this Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

First and foremost in Lent, we must be honest with God about our sins. We should not sugar-coat it or make excuses or trivialize it. We have sinned. We are at fault. We have not obeyed the will of our God. There is no denying it anymore. We must confess sincerely what we have done.

And we must be honest with ourselves and say that we would not be here at all were it not for God. He is the one who created us. He is the one who gave us breath. He is the one who guides and protects us. Everything about who we are is a miracle from him and he deserves all the credit for that.

God is honest with us during Lent as well when he says,

“Your sins are forgiven.”

“I love you with an everlasting love.”

“I will never leave you or forsake you.”

“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

As we contemplate the life, suffering and death of our Savior Jesus, we need to hold fast to the honesty of our God and continue to trust with all our heart and soul that God does what he says he will do, and Jesus is the answer to all our problems and the source of our salvation from sin, death and hell eternally.

Jesus was honest too when he said the the thief on the cross beside him, “Today I will be with you in Paradise” and he was honest with his disciples when he said, “I go to prepare a place for you. If it were not so, I would not have told you.”

What he says is so. And so what we say and do should be just as certain and sure in what what we confess, in what we pray, in what we reveal to others about our faith.

Let this Lent be the beginning of a season of honest living for us inside and out.

 

 

 

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