1 Timothy 1:12-20
I am a sinner. I have received mercy. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ overflows.
This is the radical simplicity of the good news of Christ.
“Who can Christ save?”
Those of us who recognize and confess our own deep and desperate need. Those of us who have nothing to offer but our ignorance, our deep resentment and anger against others, our desire to live in self-righteous judgement over others, our need for control and fear of vulnerability.
“Tell me about mercy!”
Mercy is the healing, love and forgiveness we receive from our endlessly giving and generous God. Mercy sets us free. Mercy pours out upon us grace upon grace. Mercy restores us, takes away our shame, offers us faith, raises us up with Christ. Mercy reveals to us our self-giving God – The King of the ages, immortal, invisible, with eternal glory and honour; revealed as the patient, humble Christ who came into our world, suffered, was one of us, is one with us.
“I feel stunned and overwhelmed by the grace of Christ Jesus!”
Praise God! What a blessing to allow Him to lift us out of our self-obsession as we gaze on His mercy with awe. Let gratitude fill our hearts. Let gratitude fill our minds. Let gratitude be the joyful energy which drives our attitudes and behaviours this day. Let gratitude be the lens through which we see each mercy filled moment, whether good or bad. Let gratitude be at the very heart of our attitude not only to the precious gift of mercy, but to the Giver.
God bless my friends,