Day 3 – 1 Peter 5:6 / Joel 2:12-14
Lent, during our fasting and preparing for Easter, is a time to also take a look at ourselves and be humbled. Humility is a quality of the heart. You can still be strong and courageous and humble. You can still take a stand for the oppressed and be humble.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s just thinking of yourself less. It’s putting God’s priorities above one’s own. Because it is God’s priority to lift you up, but for Him to do that, we need to come before Him, and put all we have done wrong in front of Him. Then He can give you His grace and transform you into who you were born to be. Maybe you have gone out on your own recently, or you have fallen into habits that you know aren’t what God wants. Bring them back to God. When we choose to do that, He doesn’t get angry, but welcomes us in with open arms.
Today, think for a while on God’s character in the verse from Joel. If we are coming back to God, what type of God are we coming back to. One who is ‘slow to anger and abounding in love’. He is like this because He loves you so much. Like and Son or Daughter. He loves you.