|Patience to Even the Worst Sinners|
1 Timothy 1:12-16 (NIV)
Some Christians continue to live in guilt for the sinful lives they lived before accepting Christ. Even though they have received forgiveness as a result of repentance, they continue to let guilt blight their Christian experience. They fail to trust Jesus and experience His love and mercy.
In our everyday lives as Christians, we all sometimes lose sight that Christ entered the world to redeem sinners. That those who accept Him enter a more abundant life that never ends. Sometimes we focus so much on past sins that were already confessed and dealt with that instead of experiencing redemption, joy and peace in Christ, we live miserable lives. We often fail to remember that no sin repented of, no matter how great, will prevent us from being accepted by God.
When we learn to experience mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, we can put aside guilt over past sins and be witnesses to the saving power of God. We can be a testament to God's kindness and patience to even the worst of sinners so that others may know that eternal life may be theirs if they but answer God's call to repentance and reconciliation.