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. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I asked Jesus into my life and heart at 17. I never intentionally backslid - but I allowed sin into my life for a season in my 20’s and 30’s. I had moments of feeling as though I lost my salvation although I never denied Jesus or turned away from Him except in shame and tears. I came to my senses one day when I realized if I had lost my salvation I wouldn’t earnestly desire a relationship with Him or love to study His word.
These words of Paul’s spoke to me. Even though I had been saved for years, I was still a sinner and yet Jesus still loved(s) me. In verse 16, Paul mentions Jesus’ perfect patience, and what patience He had with me! He never gave up on me and the Holy Spirit never left me alone. I know I am loved and forgiven by my Savior because He said I am. Today I can walk with His peace and joy in my heart knowing of His great love for me through whatever He calls me to walk through.
One of our family Christmas traditions is to sit around a table and talk while we make potstickers by hand. When we hosted Christmas parties with extended family in the past, this activity helped my cousins, siblings, and I connect with our aunties because they would teach us different folding techniques and ways to cook them!