Like Paul; I Am Chief Among Sinners!

      I will admit; I do not care to be around someone with a judgmental spirit or, someone with a legalistic spirit. It kind of grates against my spirit. Yet, there is, unfortunately, lots of legalism in the church today.
      We want to judge others. We want to point out the sins & flaws of other people when we are sinning by judging. What we need is a good dose of humility. In I Timothy 1:15, the apostle Paul said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”‭‭ (I Timothy‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬)
      Think about that verse. The apostle Paul, whom most theologians and historians would say was 2nd only to Jesus in significance in the Christian church, says of himself, “..I am chief among sinners.”
      Folks, if Paul was chief among sinners, I’m right there with him. I know me. I am not always the best Christian. I don’t always have the best thoughts. I’m a sinner! You are a sinner! We are ALL sinners!
      I am not suggesting that we go soft on sin. I’m not suggesting we ignore it. I am suggesting we need to take a “grace pill” and stop pointing out the sins of others when we are all sinners as well!
      We Baptists love to sing about grace, talk about grace, listen to sermons about grace but, when it comes to loving with grace, we often stink. You want proof? Let a Christian or a Minister mess up & we pull out our gospel guns and blow them away WHILE we are singing “Amazing Grace!”
      We desperstely need to stop throwing stones so much. The next time you pick up a handful of rocks to throw at a sinner, please remember your sins and put the rocks down.

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