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Lent 2020

Examen – Week 7 
05/04/20

There are two Examens for week 7, you could do one after the other, alternate each day or just do both at some point during the week



A guided examination of consciousness related to greed

 

Spend a few moments in silence…

Become aware of God’s presence…

Think back over the day:

  • What did you work on today?
  • What were your primary emotions today?
    • When were you anxious today?
    • When did you feel fear or tension or frustration in your spirit today?

Greed

Greed can be summed up as the excessive love of possessing things.

Think about the following questions:

  • Are you overly concerned with your own comfort and well-being?
  • Are you resentful of your lack of money or resources?
  • Are you a good steward with your money and possessions?
  • How ready are you to give away? Are you a generous giver who gives with a cheerful heart?
  • Do you worry and get anxious about money? If so why?
  • What might Jesus be saying to your heart when he says “for where your treasure is there your heart is also?” What might your treasures reveal about your heart?

Scripture reflection

Luke 12.15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

1 John 2.16-17

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Proverbs 15.27

“The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.”

Offer a prayer of confession: 

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


Give thanks

Give thanks that despite our sin and failings we have a saviour, Jesus, who we are united to by faith so that his life becomes our life, and so we are fully accepted by God.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’. 1 Corinthians 1.30-31

End your time of reflection by offering thanksgiving for all that God brings to mind.



A guided examination of consciousness related to pride

 

Whilst pride is not officially one of the deadly sins, many regard it as the root of all of them. CS Lewis says:

 

“According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind… it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.” - C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

 

Spend a few moments in silence…

Become aware of God’s presence…

Think back over the day:

  • What did you work on today?
  • What were your primary emotions today?
    • When were you anxious today?
    • When did you feel fear or tension or frustration in your spirit today?

Pride

Think about this quote from Jonathan Edwards regarding pride:

 

“The spiritually proud person shows it in his finding fault with other saints… The eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts.”

 

Think about the people you encountered and your interactions with them:

  • Did you judge or condemn others in your thoughts or your words
  • Did you compare and think yourself better than anyone today in any way shape or form?
  • How have you lived in a self-centred way today?
  • Who have you found fault with today and why?
  • Humility is the antidote to pride – the essence of humility is not thinking less of myself but thinking of myself less. How can you think about yourself less (humility)?

Scripture reflection

Luke 18.9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Offer a prayer of confession: 

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


Give thanks

Give thanks that despite our sin and failings we have a saviour, Jesus, who we are united to by faith so that his life becomes our life, and so we are fully accepted by God.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’. 1 Corinthians 1.30-31