The worst of sinners

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1 Timothy 1:12-15 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 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. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.


Father,

I ask that you speak through my hands today as I type what you dictate. May this message set hearts of bondage free today. Thank you for the promise of no condemnation as we rest in the name that is above all names which is Jesus Christ. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

As I sit reflecting upon my life, I can’t help but think of the Apostle Paul’s life. By no means I’m I comparing my life to Paul’s life. But I am grasping the gratitude Paul expressed in the Grace of God Almighty. Paul said of all sinners, he considered himself the “worst of sinners.”

Now that’s a tall order to deliver. Paul recalled the times when he persecuted Christians for their faith. How he stood in approval of the stoning death of Stephen (Acts 22:20). How he steadfastly set out for Damascus (Acts 9:2) to round-up more Christians for persecution; that is until he met Jesus. When Paul met Jesus, his world turned upside down!

I believe it took Paul sometime to grasp how after all he had done to destroy Christians, that Jesus would choose him of all people to preach the gospel. You to may be thinking, Lord no one is going to forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done. No one is going to forgive me for those whom I have betrayed over and over again. I, not Paul am the worst of sinners!

Listen, I use to feel the same way due to all the wrong I have done, the people I used, lied to and betrayed. I felt my transgressions were enough to eternally condemn me to complete separation from God. The walls of my sin seemed insurmountable from all directions. However, when I saw and understood the cross for the first time, the feelings of condemnation began to take their rightful place. Which was under the blood of Jesus.

The Apostle Paul understood the reason for such mercy from Christ was the result of Christ paying the debt for not only Paul’s sins, but for the sins of all before him and all to come after. Paul just didn’t get the memo, that is until he met Jesus.

Paul spent the rest of his life pointing all within the sound of his voice to the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. The grace that forgives those who believe their transgressions are unforgivable. The grace that pours out the greatest act of love the world has ever seen which was John 3:16. That same grace is available for you and I today.

So, I petition you to let down your guard  and perceptions of how you think Christ sees you. Christ sees you as righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). He sees you as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession (1 Peter 2:9). His grace for you and I was paid in full by the ultimate sacrifice found only in Jesus Christ. Now, fully receive what has been poured out for all to receive without condemnation.

I would like to share this Lauren Daigle video with you that describes in words how Paul must have felt when he met Jesus and how so many of us feel when we understand the power and message of grace. May God continue to keep and bless you for all the days of your life. In Jesus’ name, amen

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

CHORUS:
You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

CHORUS:
You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Though I fall, You can make me new
From this death I will rise with You
Oh the grace reaching out for me
How can it be
How can it be

CHORUS:
You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click “Prayer Request” . I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

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8 thoughts on “The worst of sinners

  1. Lionel – thank you for this post and song especially. You are exactly right – this is how most of us must feel when we understand God’s unfathomable grace, poured out to each of us on the Cross of Christ. I am renewed again this morning reading your words. Thank you.

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