Lent began last Wednesday, February 22, as a time for self-improvement, and to grow closer to our Lord. I hope to post one of my reflections based on Scripture over the few weeks.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. Hebrews 2:18
Jesus took human form for thirty-three years before his crucifixion to enable us to have a relationship with God and open the gates of heaven. Because he became a man, he experienced the same emotions we experience. This gives me the determination to follow the path he illustrated for us through his ministry.
When I feel like shouting at someone because they upset me, I can turn to our Savior for strength. I can ask him to help me use my two ears to listen instead of my one mouth to make the situation worse.
When I feel like giving up and walking away from the situation, I can turn to our Savior for grace to persevere. Did he want to walk away from his suffering when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane but prayed to do God’s will instead? I can pray for the grace to do the same. They will be done.
Discouragement, frustration, sorrow, joy, gratitude – every emotion I experience, Jesus knows how it feels. This gives me the confidence to get out of bed each day. To put one foot in front of the other. To turn to him over and over.
I can do this but only with the grace given to me as a gift from Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus.