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Mercy to All

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.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amMercy is not something that many of us offer very easily. Many of us are more into what is fair. Mercy is not fair.

I love this passage from Paul – it shows his heart – a heart of humility and of reality. He firmly believed that he was a sinner saved by grace. If Paul – one of the patriarchs of our faith – thinks of himself as a sinner – saved by grace – ought not we all?

Paul believed that the sins of his past – made him unworthy to be of service to God – yet was thankful that God showed him grace – and called him to His service. He is what he wrote:

1 Timothy 1:12-16 – 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 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.

I can identify with Paul. I too have sin in my past that makes me feel less than worthy to be saved – let alone to be called to serve God. My sin is grievous to me. Yet by God’s grace – I have been forgiven – and not only forgiven – but called – and not only called – but used for God’s purposes. It amazes me – it humbles me – it causes me to desire to do all that God will allow me to accomplish for His glory.

What about you? Mercy – Grace – God’s love – are offered to all who would receive it. Like Paul – won’t you receive the free gift of God’s grace today – and be amazed with him that God could use you?

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

August 20, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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. Continue reading

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

Marriage Part 2 – Forgiveness

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.

IMG_0301What is the worst thing you can remember you ever did?  That’s an ice breaker question when you get together with friends.  It might amaze you what some have done.  They might be amazed at what you confess as well.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your 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. Continue reading

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness – We All Need It

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.

RevRayOK – put on your thinking caps – imagine with me – what is the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?  That’s an ice breaker of a question when you get together with friends for a party this weekend – lol.  It might amaze you what some have done – if they are honest with you.  They might be amazed at what you confess – if you are honest with them.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your 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. Continue reading

May 17, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness – Such a Blessed Promise

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.

What is the worst thing you ever did?  That’s an ice breaker question when you get together with friends.  It might amaze you what some have done.  They might be amazed at what you confess.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your 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 or 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.  He saw this as a major sin and was humbled to know that Christ forgave him such a major sin.

So – what is your worst sin?  In today’s passage – Paul says – if God can forgive me – God will forgive you.  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 you but will hold your past against you.  God forgives – as if we never sinned.

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.  Psalms 103:11-12 – 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 16, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , | 5 Comments

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