2007-03-09 - Give It Up
Some devout Christians give up something in the 40 days preceding Easter, known as Lent - as an opportunity to focus on humility and repentance. Others believe that if one needs to give up something, one should do it year-round. Since the Bible doesn't speak explicitly to the subject, neither is "right" or "wrong."
But there are some habits, behaviors and atittudes that ALL of us should forego. Lent is a good time to stop, and we should never resume them.
Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV (Amplified Bible) Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
What do you need to give up?
The attitude of impatience with difficult people?
A short temper?
A selfish life, that is inconsiderate of others?
Cheating in school or on the job?
I encourage you to pray that God will show us all what we should give up, and to strengthen us to persevere.
Comments or questions?