Today marks the beginning of Lent, a time of spiritual refreshment and a chance for us to think about our relationship with God.
During Lent we will follow the 40 Acts of Generosity to remind us that while it might be helpful to ‘give something up’ during Lent… it is worth trying to be more generous as well. If you want to sign up to the emails from this organisation then go to https://40acts.org.uk
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7–8 NIV)
God was generous to us in giving up his only Son Jesus, so that we might be able to known forgiveness. God does not expect us to give something up in return, because nothing we do can compare to what God did for us.
40 Acts of Generosity this year will be following the book of James in the Bible – the important connection between faith and deeds. We know that we cannot be saved by doing good things, but this book helps us to know how we should be living our Christian lives each day.
Giving up things can feel like a sacrifice, but doing something that means giving up our pride, privacy, time, reputation or something we treasure can be much more challenging.
Being generous is our gift to the world…..