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Lent Day 20

March 12, 2015

My Confirmation Class did not have to memorize a Bible verse. At least not that I remember.

Over the years, I’ve pondered that and kept myself open to finding one that felt right for me to memorize. And one day, probably through an email devotion, I found this verse.

Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

I blogged earlier about my short temper and impatience. These traits often cause me to say something I don’t want to and regret as soon as the words leave “the door of my lips.”

I set my online task list to give me a daily reminder of this verse because it is that important to me that I change that behavior. Still, it remains an ongoing struggle.

This season of Lent gives me a chance to more deeply reflect on the verse and how to be more successful in living this. I do want to say good, positive things. I need God to set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips.

I am thankful that God continues to give me chances to improve. It’s impossible for me to understand how He can do that. Even for people who are more patient than me, it would get old, wouldn’t it? How many times do you want to tell someone to correct his or her behavior?

It doesn’t happen in the workplace. Repeated inappropriate behavior gets you disciplined or fired. With our children, we set limits. “One more time and I’m sending you to your room.”

But not our loving God. Acts 2:38 (NRSV) tells us:
“Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We repent and become baptized. He forgives us and gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, God.

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