Monday, February 16, 2015

Lent 2015 - Reflections (video)

Lenten reflections 2015

Repent and return

Lent comes and goes every year but despite claiming to be believers in Jesus, we continue to live in sin, even though Jesus had asked us to repent. In fact repentance is one of the most important requirements of Lent but it is the most disregarded as we are ruled by arrogance and power where there is no place for repentance and remorse. Repentence is seen as a sign of weakness in today’s world.

All of us at some time in our lives hurt others with our words and deeds. At times we hurt those who had loved us so much and have done everything for us. We fail to realise how much those we hurt are suffering because of us. Doing wrong and hurting others in not uncommon but is more important is      we must be humble enough to admit our wrongs, repent and return to God. This should be what should make us different from non-believers.

Lent is very much about “Repent and return” to the ways of God from the sinful lives we may leading now. God has given us full freedom to do what we want with our lives, which include making mistakes and doing wrong. We go into the world and do lot of evil. But God is always waiting for us to return to him, repent and return. He has given us all we need to realize our wrongs - a discerning mind, adequate intelligence and guiding lessons, at times painful, in life. If we still ignore His calls and signals to repent, it is too bad. 

God is all forgiving - even the most serious sin he will forgive if we repent. Those of us who are living in sin, Lent is a time to open our eyes to realize the wrongs, repent and return to Him who is waiting to take us back into His arms.  

This  "repent and return" theme may bring a little reassurance to those whose spouse, children or even a close friend may have left them and are involved some sinful activities. Pray and continue to do good and have hope the separated person will repent and return to you one day we must be prepared to accept them back.

If God can wait and accept the return of even the greatest sinner who are we to reject those who have sinned but repents. We too must accept them back with open arms like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

This Lent let us all ask God to grant us the HUMILITY to REPENT for the bad we have done and are doing.Let us reach out to those whom we have hurt and say sorry from the bottom of our hearts.At the same time let us forgive those who sinned against us.

 Have a meaningful and blessed Lent