Lessons in Scripture we learn during Lent

 Repentance: "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:1–6).


Confessions of sin: "I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.  Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me; make haste to help me" (Ps. 38).


Pure hearts: "Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me" (Ps. 51).


Forgiveness: "If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered" (Ps. 130).


Tests:  “Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Ps. 139).


Injustices:  "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loosen the bonds of injustice, to undo the restraints of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every burden? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house, when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?" (Isa. 58:1–12).


Return: “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing" (Joel 2:1–17).


Outcomes of disobedience: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6).


For us: "For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:20–6:10).


Salvation:  "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of good works, so that no one may boast" (Eph. 2:1–10).


Obedience and dissipline: "Do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy" (1 Pet. 1:13–2:3).


May we learn all these lessons during the next six weeks!

May God be our help and our redemption.