Lenten Day 1: REPENTANCE BY FASTING AND ABSTENTION…..by Snr. Ap. Samuel Brown
THE ETERNAL SACRED ORDER OF THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM
LENTEN SEASON DIGEST
TOPIC: REPENTANCE BY FASTING AND ABSTENTION
TEXT: LUKE 15:11-END
Today begins another 40 days of Fasting, a season when many seek reconciliation with God through abstinence from food and pleasure. A season when we suffer our flesh for spiritual gain.
Today is only a reminder that the lent wants to start and that, for those who desire to partake in it, both mental and spiritual preparedness is needed.
Our text recounts the experience of Jesus Christ with the Scribes and Pharisees on Jesus eating with sinners.
Jesus decides to use that experience to tell Jesus’ disciples of the parable of the Prodigal Son.
The essence of the parable is a reminder that, at one point in our lives, we have misused the grace and mercy of God, that whenever we come to the consciousness that we have sinned, God is willing to forgive us.
As many who identify they have walked away from God into sin, God is willing to take us this.
The Lenten season is a time for us to seek reconciliation with God. It is a season of love, a season of mercy and a season of forgiveness.
Of love because in the course of our walking into sin, our actions would have hurt persons. This is the time to return to such persons, accept our faults and seek to be forgiven.
It is also a time to show love one to another. Remember, the type of fast that God desired of Israel in Isa. 58:1-11 was that of losing the bounds of wickedness and setting people free.
Of mercy because many of us have, at one point or another judged others wrongly. Thus, in false and wrong judgments for which many are offended, its time to make peace. If we have been the ones offended, when our offenders come, its a season of mercy.
Of forgiveness when we remember that we can only receive forgiveness when we forgive others. Matt. 6:12,14-15. The greatest challenge Man has today is that of forgiveness.
Christ has said that “offenses must come..” knowing this, we should understand that we need to open our hearts to forgive one another.
In our text, Luke 15, the Prodigal son wasted his father’s wealth abroad, became conscious that he was better off as a slave at home than abroad and came back home asking for mercy.
The father in love, pure love, didn’t recall his son’s extravagance but opened his heart and arms to forgive him.
Brethren, as we begin the fast, let us declare this year’s Fasting as a season of “Love, Mercy and Forgiveness”. As we do this, God will also show us same love, same mercy and same forgiveness.