Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 1:12-13 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful appointing me to his service.  Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 

People can feel so guilt-ridden by their past that they think God could never forgive and accept them.  But consider Paul’s past.  He had scoffed at the teachings of Jesus (“a blasphemer”) and had hunted down and murdered God’s people  (“a persecutor and a violent man”) before coming to faith in Christ (Acts 9:1-19).  God forgave Paul and used Paul mightily for his kingdom.

Lets Bring it Home: No matter how shameful your past, God also can forgive and use you.

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