Sometimes you read something in the Bible and find yourself saying, “THAT DESCRIBES MY FEELINGS EXACTLY!” Well that’s what happened to me this morning when I read Apostle Paul’s description of his violent and sinful past… and then his transformation by God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness! (I may not have murdered Christians, as Paul did before He encountered Jesus Christ, the risen Lord, but I was a hypocrite and just as lost in sin!) So this is my testimony as well as his:
“Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent person. But I received mercy… and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. THE SAYING IS TRUSTWORTHY AND DESERVING AND OF FULL ACCEPTANCE, THAT CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS, of whom I am the foremost! But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life!”
Anyone else identify? And Oh, am I grateful!
“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen!”
(Taken from 1 Timothy 1.12-17 ESV)