Sing Praise to the God of Salvation
Atlanta Mar Thoma Church
Vs. 17 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Rev Henry Covington (1957-2010) was once a drug dealer and spent seven years in jail. He committed many crimes, but his life was dramatically changed when he gave his life to Christ. Through ‘I am my brother’s keeper’ ministry, he cared for the poorest and homeless in Detroit. Like Paul the apostle, he was shown mercy, grace was poured on him abundantly and he lived his life with boldness in Christ.
Many a times, our past can keep us in bondage. We may think that God could never forgive or accept us. But consider the past of Paul, who had persecuted and murdered followers of Christ. He was forgiven by God and used in mighty ways in the Kingdom of God. Let us not be slaves of our past, but accept forgiveness and live boldly for Christ!
Vs 15”Christ came into the world to save sinners”. There is no sin that is too grave to be forgiven! When our lives are transformed, Christ is glorified!We are often worried about sharing our struggles with our fellow believers-we worry about how it will affect our image. However, when we share the magnitude of mercy shown to us, we become an example and encouragement to those around us. Let us share loudly the Grace of our Lord that has been poured on us abundantly!
PRAYERLord Jesus, thank You for Your Grace and mercy. Thank You that no matter what our past is, when we call upon You, You accept us as we are. Thank You for Your love, Your forgiveness. Help us to live our lives boldly. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!2 Corinthians 5:17