Lent Reflection 2
1 Cor 13:4-7 says, love is patient, love in kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
We are in week 2 of Lent. Last week I wrote about envy, boasting and pride, have you managed to give them up for Lent? Giving up chocolate or that glass of wine every day for Lent seems an easier option than to give up an attitude. It is so easy to keep to old patterns or learnt behaviours. You might be saying “but you don’t know what has happened to me?” Ture, but our Heavenly Father knows exactly what has happened to us and He will forgive and heal us, if we only but ask Him.
Let us now look at another part of 1 Cor 13:4-7: “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking”. I remember as a child I pulled out my tongue at a teacher, I do not know why I did it but I did. I do remember that afterwards, I thought “that was rude”. What does rude mean? Some definitions are: impolite, cheeky, disrespectful, graceless, offensive, to name but a few. What does self-seeking mean? Some definition are: self-interested, self-serving, self-absorbed, selfish, thoughtless. When someone has been rude to you or if you see someone who is self-seeking, what is your reaction? Do you want to distance yourself? Do you go and speak to a friend and tell them what you have seen and heard?
All of us have hurts, disappointments in our hearts, we all behave in different ways at different times. For this Lent week, let us ask ‘What would Jesus Do’? Allow Father God to show you if you are, sometimes, rude or self-seeking and ask the Father to help you give them up. If you have been hurt or disrespected, ask the Father to heal you. If you would find it helpful, say this prayer:
Father God, where I have been rude or self-seeking, please would you forgive me and heal me. Where I have been hurt by others, please would you heal this too. Help me to see others as you see them. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.