Lent and brokenness

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

There is a kind of brokenness to which we in Jesus are to aspire. It is the brokenness of humility in repentance which involves both sorrow over sin and change of life. It is necessary for and helps us to the way of Jesus in being poor in spirit, meek and merciful, along with the rest of the characteristics which make up the blessed.

We need this brokenness because we are by nature hard, stubborn, impenetrable, set in our ways in thought and action. That is why sensitivity to sin and to ways the Lord would have us change is critical to ongoing growth in the life in God through Jesus by the Spirit.

Lent is a season set apart to special consideration of this daily in embracing the way of the cross. We do so as those in need of the forgiveness the cross of Jesus brings. And we take up our own cross as those who have been baptized into Jesus’ death to sin and unrighteousness and by that risen to life to God and to righteousness by grace. But this new life is always lived out from a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart in and through Jesus.

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One comment on “Lent and brokenness

  1. grace says:

    Why is it so easy to forget that I have my own cross to carry until things go terribly wrong and I ask ‘Why”. I must keep Jesus ever before me to know how to navigate this world.

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