“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
Businesses seduce us into buying their products by affirming that “the customer is always right.” This sales tactic appeals to the shadow side of us that believes that we are first above everything and everyone else.
Unfortunately, this “me first” exaltation of self even intrudes into our spiritual lives. When we are caught up in love for self, we approach our Creator with demands that we should get what we think we are entitled to and debate with God about why we cannot have it our way.
If we are honest during this season of Lent, we must confess that there are times when self-serving has eclipsed serving God.
In today’s Pauses for Lent
devotion Trevor Hudson describes this prideful attitude with a word that makes us cringe, one that is nearly taboo in the “my way or the highway” culture--sin.
Even if we dare not speak the word, we are surrounded by the bad news about sin. Broken relationships with God and neighbor, suffering, unfulfilled purposes and stunted aspirations are the wreckage that comes from self-centered motives and actions.
The Good News about sin is that the Lord offers us redemption through God’s son, our savior, Jesus Christ. As Paul assures us in Romans 5:8. “. . .God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The Lenten season invites us to embrace the magnitude of God’s love and remember that through the cross Jesus offers us grace that is greater than our sin.
This grace canceled our sin and made us the redeemed of the Lord. As redeemed people the love that God has poured out on us flows through us to bless others.
I invite you to join me in engaging in the following practice that Trevor Hudson offers in Pauses for Lent:
“One practical way for the love of Christ to flow through you is to extend forgiveness to someone who has hurt you. Think of a person today to whom you might offer forgiveness. How can you show the love of Christ to this person?”
Rev. Lindsey Robinson
, District Superintendent, Brookhaven District