Scripture: Romans 5:12-21
Key verses: (20-21) But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification[a] leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reflection: Lent is still confusing. Do we give things up or take things on? A friend of mine gives up bread every year. This year he is hoping it is something he can do beyond Lent. He believes that giving something up for forty days is the perfect mandate for changing a bad habit. If he adheres to his commitment, then by Easter, bread will never be a temptation again.
We know that Lent is not about changing who you are as much as it is about becoming who God created you to be.
Paul is challenging our need to focus on the law rather than faith. The law is powerless to bring the kind of change that is needed. Only the gift of love and grace can transform our hearts and our lives. At the heart of the good news is grace and love as a basis for human transformation. Grace, not the law, is where we find our hope today and always.
Prayer: In moments of sober reflection today, fill me with grace, that I might take advantage of this season of truth-telling, repentance, and fasting. Give me courage to face the sin that consumes me and give control of it to you, Oh God of power and love. In the name of your Son who walks this journey to the cross. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].