Today’s Thoughts – 13 October 2020
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
We must understand that no one is far from heaven. Anyone has the opportunity to be saved. It does not matter your background. It does not matter where you came from. What matters is where you are going – heaven or hell.
We must look at this passage in the light of our own selves. Just as Paul is listing out his pitfalls and shortcomings before salvation, we too must understand the gravity of our sins.
To each believer his own sins must always appear, as long as he lives, greater than those of others, which he never can know as he can know his own.
Salvation is for anyone who receives Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior! It wasn’t just for Paul, it isn’t just for me, it is for you also! And if God could save Paul, God can save you, no matter your past. As God was patient and gracious with Paul, He is patiently and graciously waiting for you to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
It’s by God’s grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9) because He is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4). Grace and mercy are God’s love in action. And although God loves us, He also loves the whole world (John 3:16). Thus God’s love alone cannot save us. His grace is the vessel of our salvation.
Have you done that yet? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? You can do that today!