1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst.”
This is Paul’s letter to Timothy while Timothy is in Ephesus. Timothy was there to deal with problems in the church there. Paul is encouraging Timothy to oppose the false teachers that were in Ephesus.
I ask myself, does my sin convict me? Do I feel the pain of the nails when I sin? Do I even reflect on my life and search for sin in it? Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I am a sinner. How can be saved if I don’t repent? How can I repent if I don’t even realize my sins? If I am not crushed by my sin, it is only because I ignore my sin. The closer one gets to the Holy God the more the magnitude of one’s sin become evident. If I am not crushed by my sin I must not be as close to God as I thought. Paul calls himself the chief of sinners. Paul wrote the bible and led millions to God. Even Paul is convicted by his sins. If Paul is the worst of sinners, surely I must be right there with him. I need to spend more time searching my heart for sin and asking God for forgiveness.
Holy Father, thank you so much for the gift of your Son. Because of Christ all my sins are forgiven. I want to be convicted by my sin. I want to repent and be forgiven. This is the way that I can honor and cherish your gift of salvation.