Read Psalm 130:1-8 and Matthew 5:20-26
A huge part of celebrating the season of Lent focuses on the redemptive work of GOD through the death, burial, and resurrection of JESUS. A huge part of JESUS’ redemptive work in us is the part about dying to our self . . . our flesh, and yielding to HOLY SPIRIT within us who is “life-ing” out the life of JESUS in us and through us. This is what Paul speaks of in Galatians 5:22-23 . . . the fruit of the Spirit.
Self-righteousness, self-focus, and self-centeredness have no part with the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control make up the fruit of the Spirit. Anything we express outside of this crop of nine qualities produced by the Spirit is of our flesh . . . not of GOD, and shows us something is amiss in our relationship with GOD.
Matthew 5:20-26 is a difficult teaching of JESUS and vv. 23-24 are especially challenging. But HOLY SPIRIT “life-ing” out JESUS in us and through us takes the load off of us as we die to our flesh and yield to Him.
Our Lord forgives us all our sins and nothing can separate us from the love of God. And we are called to forgive others with the same compassion, mercy, patience, and love given to us.
In this season of Lent we can experience the renewing love of God and we are preparing ourselves to celebrate wildly JESUS’ resurrection. It also helps us to celebrate the mystery of our death to self and rebirth in the new life Jesus won for us.
During this Lenten Season if you remember that someone has something against you because you have wronged them, then as much as it depends on you (Romans 12:18), try to be reconciled. Humble yourself. Reach out. If it does not happen then you must live with the pain. We are not responsible to make reconciliation happen.
JESUS is Risen . . .!