Mar13WedMarch 13, 2019
"You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness." (John 1: 19, 20)
Every first Wednesday of the month, I lead worship at McCormick home in London. Duncan, one of our congregants provides wonderful guitar and harmonica leadership in the singing. During our discussion about Lent, we talked about giving up something for Lent. I mentioned that Jesus suffered and gave up everything for us - literally his life. When we give up something for the 40 day period of Lent (and it needs to be something we will miss) we are reflecting on what Jesus gave up for us in his amazing love.
I mentioned that some people give up things they really love like chocolate, coffee, or sweets. One of the men in attendance said they are giving up anger. In reflection, that may be the appropriate thing to give up. Without being aware, perhaps, anger may be something a person likes because they use it as a coping mechanism to feel they are OK or in control.
There is a lot of anger in our society and in the world. One person shared that at times social media can bring out the worst in them. He said that this Lent he wants to seriously attempt to give up quarreling on internet sites. That is a good goal because, Christ's desire is for us to build bridges, not walls. Hear the words of Jesus shortly before his death: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35)
The purpose of Lent is to help us grow closer to Christ and value the sacrifice Christ made for us. Let us pray for, support, and encourage one another to remember this sacrifice on the cross and be more like Christ in our daily lives.