Honest Christianity: Don’t give room for everything

NRAI have been reminded half way during lent of the New Year’s resolution I made this year.

“Lord, fill my heart with so much grace that the devil must flee when he sees me coming. Amen.”

As I have reflected upon times of temptation, weakness and struggle, I have slightly changed my thought to

“Be so gracious to everyone, so it does not give the Devil room to enter”.

I have found this to be a very helpful focus when I am tempted to respond negatively in a situation, or to somebody.  With so many sad and tragic situations at home and around the world, it is easy to slip into a seemingly justified aggressive response.  Grace is the only response even to injustice and evil, even it is accompanied by protest and appropriate challenge .

Let’s not be hospitable to everything this lent.

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