This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 NLT
In the New Testament, we are introduced to the apostle Paul. He actually started his life as Saul and was trained in the Jewish faith as a Pharisee. After his conversion to Christianity, Paul became a leading church planter, missionary, and theologian, writing over one-third of the books we have in our New Testament.
Paul is looked to as an example of perseverance, faith, and passion for people. He is one of the lead characters in our New Testament.
Yet, in his own words, Paul called himself the worst of sinners. He had a view of himself that kept him humble and balanced. He refused to look at himself as someone of might and importance. He remembered the mercy of God that brought him out of where he was to where God could use him to plant His Church and impact history.
Paul’s purpose in writing these words seems to be to remind us of the greatness of God’s mercy. In the past few days, I have prayed with an amazing couple who have a family member making choices that are very hurtful to the family. We prayed for this family member and asked God’s grace to be revealed in their lives. Even though it looks impossible in the natural, we believe the mercy and grace of God can transform every heart.
God’s grace and mercy are our only hope. His grace and mercy can rewrite the story of any human being. Regardless of the depth of their sin, God’s grace is big enough to change the future.
Holy Spirit, help me today to have a bigger grasp of Your grace. Help me believe for Your grace to work in my life and the life of others.
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