Feb 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday - Don't Just Give Stuff Up, Add Virtue

Today is Ash Wednesday and it marks the start of the 40 day Lenten season. This is the time Christians remember and share in the suffering and the passion of Jesus Christ. 

While it may seem somewhat morbid to think about suffering for 40 days, in reality the opposite is the case. 

It is as we remember the cost of Christ's redemption that we are able to appreciate the joy of the gift of salvation. 

Most Christians practice some form of fasting during Lent. This is a needed and beneficial discipline of the Christian discipleship. 

This year, as you consider fasting from Lent, I would like for you to also consider these two things. 

First, consider giving up a vice for Lent. Many give up a favorite food for Lent. This year, consider giving up anger, hatred, gossip, negative attitude, jealousy, etc for Lent. By Easter, you just have be a different person, and the people around you will not be able to help but see Christ in you. 

Second, consider adding a virtue. Instead of thinking about only the things we have given up for Lent, consider adding one of the virtues of the fruit of the spirit: 
- love 
- joy 
- peace 
- patience 
- kindness 
- goodness 
- faithfulness 
- gentleness 
- self-control 

Pick one. 

And then during these 40 days of Lent, make it your spiritual habit to practice the virtue of fruit of the spirit you have chosen for Lent. 

I'd love to hear stories of how God is blessing your life during your Lenten journey. 

May God bless you and those around you during this Lenten season! 

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