Lent – Friday – March 18

Romans 4:1-12

Centuries ago, Paul proclaimed, “God reckoned Abraham’s faith as righteousness.” We are inheritors of Abraham’s witness of faith and recipients of the saving gift of God’s unconditional love in Jesus. This means our Lenten journey does not have to be about trying to become more holy or righteous. Rather, we give up our striving to “look good” to God and explore more deeply how unconditional grace can strengthen us in faith and service. As we do this, God opens our hearts, enlivens our minds and inspires us to re-commit ourselves to be bearers of that unconditional grace in our lives.

Jesus, love of God incarnate, we praise you for bringing us to deeper faith in you. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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