15 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. 16 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. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:15-17 (NLT)
I know that Paul was referring to himself in this particular passage but I can’t help but relate to it on a personal level. Some people may look at my life and think that I haven’t done anything remotely close to what Paul did when he was persecuting the Church. While that may be true I have still knowingly sinned against God time and time again. There have been moments in my life when I KNEW I was doing something I shouldn’t be doing and I did it anyway.
Like Paul, I am SO thankful that there is grace, mercy, and forgiveness in Jesus. I don’t believe that I should give detailed accounts of all the sins I’ve committed in my life but I should be willing to admit them. I should be able to point to myself and say, “Look, if Jesus can forgive me for all the things I’ve done, there’s hope for everyone.” We should all be able to say that.
Grace and peace