Daily D – 1 Timothy 1:15-16
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)
Bad to the bone? Paul says he was before he met Jesus. He thought he was righteous and doing the right things the right way for the right reasons. Then his worldview changed forever. Some things become crystal clear when the only way you can look is up (Acts 9:4).
A great reversal took place in Paul’s heart and mind as he laid there flat on his back. In a moment, in that instant, he realized all he was focused on was wrong. His legalistic righteousness, his meticulous keeping of the Law, had hardened his heart toward God’s love for all people everywhere.
He was blinded by the light. Then when he met Jesus and received his gift of grace, the scales fell away and he could see clearly. No doubt he often wondered how he could have felt so right when he was so wrong.
Reflecting on his life many years after that wake-up call on the Damascus Road, he could put everything in the right perspective. He, the worst of sinners, was the case study for true transformation by the grace of God. He was the prime example of God’s loving patience. If God could save him, he can save anybody.
If God can reorient a death-breathing terrorist, he can change you. Since God saves black-hearted sinners, he can also save respectable sinners. He can save nice people and naughty people and nobody people and somebody people. No one is beyond his reach.
If you are tempted to give up on yourself, know that God has not and will not. If you are tempted to give up on a loved one or friend, know that God has not and will not.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, even those we have given up on. Who do you know who needs to hear this good news? When will you tell them?
I will tell the good news that Jesus came into the world to save every sinner who will receive his gracious gift.
Our Father, thank you for saving me. Like Paul, I recognize my sin nature. Thank you for your loving forgiveness that is greater than all my sin. Make me an able communicator of this good news of grace and love. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.