1 Timothy 1:12-17 ESV
The apostle Paul had nothing to brag about and saw nothing good in him. He wasn’t being extra hard on himself—he had an accurate view. Paul opposed the gospel and persecuted the Church of Jesus Christ and in this he considered himself to have a lead role as the foremost sinner
Are we any less of an example of Christ’s patience and mercy? Haven’t we all lived lives of rebellion and unbelief to the Lord and King of all creation? I remember my “youth.” I knew the truth of the gospel and God’s pending judgment, and yet chose to run further and further into my self-absorbed, self-gratifying world. I was the defiant one. Somehow I was going to beat the divine system. Little did I realize that I was running right into His net of grace. His love captured my heart and my delight.
Now I’m not going to paint the glories of the passing pleasures of sin (there are no real glories in sin), but neither will I pretend it never happened. I was lost and dead, but now I am found and alive. And I want to make the most of His love and forbearance—so off with the pseudo-righteousness and silly Sunday masks. I have the opportunity to show off what Christ has done (and is doing) in me. To Him alone belongs the honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.