We don't really talk about sin anymore. Even back in the early 70's, Karl Menninger made us aware of the shift happening in our culture with his book: What Ever Happened to Sin?
We deceive ourselves when we think we don't sin, but "[if] we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9, ESV).
There are three basic steps to getting back to a right relationship with God:
- EXAMINE our lives and ask God to show us our sin,
- CONFESS our sins honestly before God, and
- REPENT or turn away from our sin and walk the other, right way.
The season of Lent is about being honest with ourselves and God.
Often our fears make us vulnerable to sin. God reminds us, though, that we have nothing to fear. The only fear we need is a holy, respectful, awe-struck fear of God, even while we are humbled by His love for us.
Let's walk boldly into Lent: repenting and living out our redemption.