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19th February 2012
The apostle Paul wrote huge chunks of the New Testament; he started, supported and strengthened churches; and he gave his life to spreading the good news about Jesus around the world.
But Paul had a past: he describes himself as once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a violent man, someone who acted in ignorance and unbelief, was obsessed with opposing followers of Jesus, and "the worst of sinners".
Rather than Paul's past discrediting him, there is something far greater that trumps all of his sin – even though Paul was like this, God acted! Paul was shown mercy and the grace of God. Even though he was "the worst of sinners", God grabbed hold of Paul and caught him up in His abundant, generous, extravagant, unrestrained, excessive, completely 'over the top' love.
We, too, have fallen massively short of the glory of God (see Romans 3), but even when we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5). Like Paul, we too have received undeserved, unmerited, unlimited grace and mercy through Jesus.
What does this do to us? It utterly transforms us! Grasping the grace of God upon our lives changes us – we begin to display His grace through living lives of faith, thankfulness, love, praise and worship.
Verses: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (see also Acts 26:9-11)
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Posted by Santino Hamberis