Sundays in Lent

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Today, there is no devotional regarding something to be pruned.

Traditionally, if Christians engage a discipline during Lent, it is not observed on Sundays. That’s because we consider Sunday to be a ‘little Easter,’ the day on which we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection and his victory over sin and death. Thus, Sunday is always a day of rejoicing rather than a day of penitential discipline. So, instead of dwelling on what God might like to prune, it is a day to rejoice in the victory of our Lord.

While it could be valuable for you to review the last three days—clutter, timidity, and judgmentalism, only do so if you want to rejoice in God’s victory through pruning. All the while, perhaps it would be good to dwell on the following verses, all of which reinforce the idea that Vine-grower’s pruning is not malicious; rather it is for our good and God’s glory:

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father disciplines the son he delights in.
— Proverbs 3:11-12

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. — Job 5:17

Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. — Deuteronomy 8:5

Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; — Psalm 94:12

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. — Revelation 3:19

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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