1 Timothy 1:15-16

Posted by Dave Clayton on

A handful of my friends and I will be reading through 1 Timothy together over the course of the next week. Feel free to join us. I would imagine that most of the things I will write about on here will come from that. 

Yesterday as I was reading through 1 Timothy, a verse really jumped out and grabbed my heart. "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 unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." - 1 Tim. 1:15-17

I really meditated on this verse yesterday, and it hit me that the reason we so often fail to join God in his mission is because of our failure to truly embody this verse. The times that I give up on people, get discouraged, or feel hopeless are the times when I have forgotten that I alone was reason enough for Jesus to come to this earth.  Jesus' sole reason for becoming human was to save people like us. 

That is amazing. Have you lost sight of that? I know I often do.

I was also really challenged by the second half of that verse were Paul says that our new lives now serve as an example of Jesus' unlimited patience to those who still don't believe. As you go through your day today...getting ready for the weekend, ask yourself this question:

Is my life displaying the unlimited patience of Jesus to those that don't know him?

God I pray that our lives will display your mercy and unlimited patience to those we come in contact with today. I pray that your word will transform our hearts, and renew our minds. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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