Ash Wednesday

ashWear it with pride. 

 

I admitted my sin to you; I didn’t conceal my guilt. “I’ll confess my sins to the LORD,” is what I said. Then you removed the guilty of my sin (Ps. 32:5).

Come let’s worship and bow down! Let’s kneel before the LORD, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep in his hands. If only you would listen to his voice right now! “Don’t harden your hearts…” (Ps. 95:6-8).

If you kept track of sins, LORD – my Lord, who would stand a chance? But forgiveness is with you – that’s why you are honored (Ps. 130:3-4).

Listen to my prayer, LORD! Because of your faithfulness, hear my request for mercy! Because of your righteousness, answer me! Please don’t bring your servant to judgment, because no living thing is righteous before you (Ps. 143:1-2).

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of heavenly forces, will be with you just as you have said. Hate evil, love good, and establish justice at the city gate. Perhaps the LORD God of heavenly forces will be gracious to what is left of Joseph (Amos 5:14-15).

Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne (Hebrews 12:1-2).

…the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn’t even lift his eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, he struck his chest and said, ‘God, show mercy to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this person went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up” (Luke 18:13-14).

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2).

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance (Luke 3:8).

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord… (Acts 3:19-20). 

 

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