Joel 2:12-14 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.
A period of preparation and fasting likely has been observed before the Easter since apostolic times.
The meaning of Lent is to be “encouraged to find our own method of confronting our sinfulness, remembering our mortality, and giving thanks for the gift of salvation we receive through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,”
Well My Friends Verse twelve teaches us that true repentance involves a desire to return to God. God said, “Return to me with all your heart…” . God is calling them to return. Like the children of Israel, We the believers have made a covenant with God. We may violate the covenant thus destroying the connection with God because of our sinful behavior. Yet, God always calls us back so that the relationship can be fully restored to its former quality.
True repentance goes farther than fear of punishment and the confession of sin. God wants our heart. True repentance involves a complete and total change in one’s life. It is an inward change of the heart and while it begins in our mind, it is seen outwardly in our actions.
In His Glory