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Lent Week 5

Lent is a period of 40 days that prepares us to celebrate Easter. Each week of Lent we are praying as a church, asking God to ready our minds and hearts to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lent is also a time to be aware of things holding us back from the abundant life God desires for us, and to renew our commitment in areas we’ve held back from him. Central to Lent is the idea that we need God’s spiritual renewal throughout our whole lives, every single day.

This week, we are reading from the Book of Galatians which reminds us of our call to live in the freedom and fruitfulness of God’s Spirit. We are reminded that Jesus has freed us from the curse of sin, and with that freedom we can now serve one another with humility and love.


Galatians 5:13-25

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.


Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world.
Lead me to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that I may know eternal peace
through the shedding of my Saviour’s blood.

Lord Jesus, you taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you.
Give me the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for me.

Holy Spirit,
Empower me to keep in step with you,
when I feel weak or unwilling,
when I feel ashamed or apathetic,
when my heart is divided or despairing,
when my mind is distracted or distorted,
when I’m prone to hatred, selfishness, or envy.
May I remember your love
and my call to freedom.
In Jesus’ name,

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