Thursday, March 8, 2018
Should Christians Practice Lent?
However, the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned and it is the free gift of God (Eph. 2:8, Rom. 5:17). Lent is encouraged as a sacrament in which believers receive an extra measure of grace or blessing. No place in Scripture are Christians asked or told to practice Lent. In fact, God's love for us cannot be any greater than it already is by practicing some act of self-denial. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God's goodness towards us. In Scripture Jesus encouraged those who desired to practice fasting to do so privately and not to make it a public matter in order to receive the accolades of others (Matthew 6:16-18). Ash Wednesday (the beginning day of the Lent season) is the day that ashes are placed upon one's forehead to express their humility and penitent heart towards God.
There is nothing at all wrong with fasting. In fact, God desires that we walk in humility towards Him as a lifestyle. His desire is that Christians are constantly aware of sin that exists in their lives and that they seek to walk in holiness every day of the year and not just during Lent season. Lent should not be a time for us to boast of our sacrifice for God rather we should boast in the cross of Jesus Christ alone. Christians are free to practice Lent if they feel so led to do so but they should always have a repentant heart and a life bathed in holiness.