Lent Devotional 1
February 26, 2020, 3:00 PM


Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

As we enter Lent, ask yourself about times you may have been an enemy of God. It’s not an easy thing to think about, but each of us has rebelled against his rule in our lives, defying his authority. Acknowledge that rebellion, listing specifics in your thoughts as you talk to Jesus about them.

Facing those things is not easy or comfortable. Nobody likes feeling shame or guilt. But the horror of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on Good Friday shows us how serious our sin truly is. It shows us our deep need for God’s forgiveness, and it calls us to turn from our rebellion, looking to Jesus our Savior. In love, Jesus forgave the people who crucified him in that moment. He went willingly to his cross in love and grace for you. He took your shame and guilt, forgiving every one of your sins.


Dear Jesus, your love overwhelms me. Your forgiveness, freely given to me even while I was your enemy, enfolds me. Thank you. (Pause to reflect on those words.) I ask you now to fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may forgive others in response to the forgiveness you freely give to me. Amen.

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