The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14
The world does not understand what grace is. For the majority of people, everything is judgement of the law. It is either right or wrong. If one is wrong, there is a negative consequence, with no mercy.
Some have made major mistakes in the past and since regretted it or changed. However, the world does not let them move on. Judgement still continues to occur against them, holding them accountable, even though they have changed and even repented of the wrong, with no grace.
Paul had just described to Timothy how bad of a person he had been against God. Now he points out that God poured out grace, faith and love upon him, accepting him.
Every person that has lived on this earth has lived in sin, with the exception of Jesus. People choose to live in sin, rather than live for God. With this living in even one sin, every person is condemned to die in punishment from God.
Even though every person is condemned to die, God makes a way for change. He allows for forgiveness. This is God’s grace, love and faith being poured out upon the person in abundance.
The amount of God’s grace is multiplied abundantly when one realizes how many times he has sinned against God. For each and every single sin, the judgement of eternal condemnation is upon him, yet, God is right there willing to forgive and move on.
Rather than stand condemned, the believer can stand in complete freedom in God’s grace, faith and love. Paul is not the only one who can receive that abundant grace, but every person who calls upon the name of Jesus in repentance.
You may feel as though you are the worst person that ever walked this earth. Know that Paul also felt that way. Yet, God has grace for you also. God is waiting ready to pour out an abundance of grace upon you as soon as you are ready to repent and trust in Jesus.
Realize how much grace God has given you and then choose to live for God, regardless of the cost to your own life. God is not out to condemn you, but to save you. He has an abundance of grace, faith and love waiting for you to use.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the grace of God upon you; that you will live for God; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will live in His abundant grace, faith and love.