3 Mar 2019
Dear family in Christ
We begin the 40-day season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, 6 March. At the Ash Wednesday service, the priest places some ash on our foreheads as a reminder that our bodies (sinful fallen nature) are mortal (“… you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19b). By the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are set free from our bondage to sin and death.
Firstly, let us Reflect and give thanks to God for the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ during this Lent season. In submission and obedience to His Father’s will, Jesus walked the way of the cross, so that we can have peace and reconciliation with God the Father. May our hearts be ever grateful to Jesus and follow his example of humble obedience.
Secondly, let us Repent of our sins as we open our hearts to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in convicting “the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment”. (John 16:8). God will forgive us when we truly repent, having a transformative change of heart and a definitive change in our way of life. May we seek to live a life of holiness and godliness.
Thirdly, let us Renew our first love for God and deep commitment to God. Take time to slow down during Lent and spend time with Abba Father in the Word and in prayer. Let the “searchlight” of the Holy Spirit examine our life for spiritual renewal, restoration and revival. May we grow daily in our relationship with God and in Christlikeness.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17