God approved penance
Greetings in the name of our risen and soon coming Jesus Christ.!!
The Christian world around is in a moment of penance and act of repentance.
however the bitter truth is that, many of us would end this lent period fasting and doing a lot of penance but everything would be just an act rather than the reality of Godliness and true Christ like nature in us.
so, what kind of penance and fasting is Jesus looking at in us?
1. Matthew 6:16-18
“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
looking around we see people enacting the “pious” but when you flip through the pages of their life, we see darkness and dirt and hatred and unforgiving attitude filled to the brim.
We need to understand one important fact when we start to fast and go through the entire act of penance.
our fasting and religious penance should benefit us but it should affect our surrounding more.
don’t stop eating but stop hating..
don’t just give money but make a difference in someone’s life..
don’t just pray but bring a change in your life..
don’t propagand the great deal of fasting you’re doing, because
“if you’ve prayed and fasted but not changed
be sure you’ve NOT PRAYED AT ALL”
this lent let us try to be a change to someone by forgiving someone whom we’ve never been able to forgive.
let’s try being the answer to someone’s prayer.
Reach out to someone.
if this Easter someone comes and thanks you for the change in you.
your lent is successful and you’re ready for the resurrection.