Lent Devotional #3

by Carol Cooper

Scripture:  Take a moment to read John 8:1-11.

Devotional Thought:  It is often easier to point out the sin of another person than to acknowledge our own sin, which is exactly what the teachers of the law and the Pharisees are doing here.  If we can keep the focus on someone else, we can continue our lives as normal…but not really. When we live a life of sin, we are being kept in bondage. When we repent, we turn towards God instead of away from him and we begin to experience true freedom. The chains of sin fall off in repentance and we experience the Amazing Love of God.  If you have any sin you are hiding, God is ready to forgive you and longs to help you find the freedom only He can give.

Prayer Focus: The hymns we sing on Sunday mornings are a way we learn our theology–they are our sung faith. Sing and pray your faith this week using this song by Charles Wesley:

“And Can it Be”

1 And can it be that I should gain

An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain?

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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