A Basis For Forgiveness - Part 1

by Robbie Sanderson

Why a Lenten blog?  Well, why not, should be the real question.  It is the most wonderful time of the year!  Repentance is in the air, as folks “joyfully” give up those things which get in the way of them and God.  Whether it is chocolate or Facebook, nothing is off limits for fasting.  Not to mention, there are always those verses that come up every Sunday to remind us of how sinful we really are.  Lent is literally the best!  I am having trouble figuring out how it is not as popular as Christmas!  Lent is my favorite… said no one ever. 

To be honest, Lent is hard and not too much fun.  Who really enjoys being reminded of their present sinfulness?  The answer is no one.  Who enjoys giving up something that has become almost habitual?  No one.  Thankfully, Lent is not just about digging up our deep sinfulness and giving up chocolate.  At the forefront of this extraordinary season there is a theme of forgiveness.  While repentance is very much a part of Lent too, forgiveness is what is at the other end.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” (I John 1:9 NIV).  That is what Lent is all about.  That is why we do the things we do during this season.  It is not to make our lives miserable, but rather it is to make them better. 

It is necessary to develop a heart of repentance before we can truly accept the forgiveness God willingly bestows.  Pray this day that God will prepare your heart and mind for what he has in store.  Likewise, reflect on why you chose to take part in a blog series on this topic.  It is no easy journey ahead.  Oh, and before I forget; welcome to Lent!