Should Believers Observe Lent?


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The Lenten Season is named for the period of the year when the daylight part of the days is lengthening in the Northern hemisphere.  Liturgical churches observe the period as the time Christ drew closer and closer to the Cross.  Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial by many professing Christians.  It was established in the fourth century as forty-six days, forty days not counting Sundays.  It begins with Ash Wednesday and Ends on Easter Sunday.  During this time those who participate give up food or a habit for six weeks of disciplining themselves to earn God’s blessing.

Believers should be celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every day of the week and not only on Easter.  Sunday became a day set aside by the early churches in observance of the Resurrection on the first day of the week.  Believers should find it difficult to enter into the feelings of deprivation, sorrow, and remorse to earn God’s favor.  Christ is raised and is the Victor over death, sin, and the grave.

Believers should be living a life pleasing unto the Lord all the time, not just a few weeks of the year.  If something is wrong during Lent, it is always wrong. Many believe that the period of self-denial brings one closer to Christ and makes him more worthy of receiving forgiveness and eternal life.  Denying oneself cannot enhance the worthiness of anyone. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If it is wrong during Lent or even if something is right to do during Lent, believers should be following God’s Plan consistently in their lives.  Repenting of sin and following God’s Word for a life filled with service for Him is something we should be doing every day of the year, not just for the forty-six days of Lent.  We should be honoring the Lord with our presence in the services of our churches throughout the year as well and not just observe special times.  We should also be carrying out the Commission He has given to us on a continual basis.

Believers should be practicing the preeminence of Christ throughout their lives  (Colossians 1:18).  Enjoying Christ’s presence as we are obedient to His Word should be a daily practice.  We need to determine to do what is right all the time.  “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

 

 

 

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