on patience & endurance
By Nicole Flowers
October 16, 2020
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1 Timothy 1:1-20
One of the things I can honestly say I appreciate most about my family is the patience they have with me. I can admit it: sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), I can be very particular (if not just plain and simple difficult!). But, we all have our stuff, don’t we?
Paul’s words hit me so true and new as I read them today: Christ Jesus came to save sinners. Sigh of relief, right? It’s so true. He came for sinners like me! As I continued to soak in his words, though, I was hit by something fierce in my heart: Jesus came to save me while I was still a sinner so I could understand His patience in my anger, His mercy in my intolerance, and His trustworthiness in my ignorance. His expectation, though, is not for us to stay there.
We receive His mercy and grace because He loves us so much AND we, in turn, are saved so we conduct ourselves, as Philippians 1:27 says, “in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Now, I’m mostly writing to myself this time around and this served as a welcome reminder: God has already saved me from the sins I’m most ashamed of. He is unending in His patience towards us, knowing we’ll fall short again and again and, at the same time, he wants us to grow to be more like Him. He saves us as sinners so we can be saved from sin.
And so we try again every day. I’m still impatient with others. I get frustrated and short. And then I’m reminded of how Jesus saved me from it and I can endure in this race. Truth be told, I often feel as if I’m the worst of the sinners and it just reminds me anew of his never-ending love, acceptance, mercy, and grace. But thankfully, He judges me faithful and I don’t have to stay in my sin or in my shame.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
— 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Prayer to start with: Lord, You have saved me from my sin. Remind me again today to live a renewed life in and through you.