God commands us, “Be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45; Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:16). This is a call to be morally blameless before God. The problem is we have sin in our lives and all around us in our world. Therefore, obedience to this call is to intentionally pursue holiness by the eradication of sin from our lives. With God’s help we have a dependent responsibility to overcome sin through obedience to Biblical precepts. This is a daily battle for our hearts and minds. The stakes are high for “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
Lent is the church season to examine our lives, eliminate sin’s influence over us, and grow closer to God. Many Christians often practice the Lenten practice of self-denial (“giving up something for Lent”) as a means of identifying with the suffering of Christ. This Lent we are challenging people to give up sin once and for all. Instead of suffering, we desire to lead people to freedom over the sin which binds them.
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*The image on the homepage is a reproduction of an original oil painting by Enrique Simonet [now in public domain], entitled "Flevit super illam", which means "He wept over it". According to the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, he looks at the city and weeps over it (Luke 19:41) (an event known as Flevit super illam in Latin language), foretelling the suffering that awaits the city. The event took place on the Mount of Olives, on the background the Second Temple.