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The Worst Of Sinners

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

OK – let’s put on our thinking caps. Imagine with me for a moment. What is the worst thing we’ve ever done in our lives? That’s an ice breaker of a question when we get together with our friends for a party this weekend – lol. It might amaze us what some have done – if they are honest with us. They might be amazed at what we confess – if we are honest with them. We can even play it with our parents when we have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with parents. I heard of some telling their parents some of the things they did when they were younger – at times with a good result and at times not!

When we think of our sins – we often quantify them – from worst to those little things we hardly think are worth naming. Yet we are reminded that sin is sin and even the smallest sin separates us from God and needs forgiveness.

Paul had the view that his sins were the worst – that he was the worst of sinners. This wasn’t Paul being modest or humble – totally – because before his conversion (as Saul) he persecuted the church – persecuted the Body of Christ – persecuted the followers of Jesus. He saw this as a major sin and was humbled to know that Christ forgave him of such a major sin.

So – what is our worst sin? In today’s passage – Paul says – if God can forgive me – God will forgive anyone. This is an awesome word of comfort – because I/we have some serious sins in our lives! To know that we have a loving God who will accept our confession and repentance and forgive us is such a blessing. Some people we know will say they forgive us but will hold our past against us. God forgives – as if we never sinned.

John shares these words with us from his epistle – 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. To be purified of all unrighteousness is to remove our sin as far as the east is from the west. David – the psalmist – writes these words – Psalm 103:11-12 – For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Forgiveness is such a blessing – to give and to receive. We are all sinners – having fallen short of the glory of God. The key is turning to God and confessing our sin to Him. Admitting that what we have done is sinful – against God and against others. God will forgive a contrite heart! Reach out and receive Gods’ grace today. It is available to all who will confess and repent (grieve our sin and turn away from it). Seek His face while you desire His grace.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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September 15, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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