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Gracious God Inspite of Our Unworthiness

Updated on June 2, 2011

A Gracious God Inspite of Our Unworthiness

“ I Thank Jesus our Lord who has given me strength that he considered me faithful , appointing to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance : Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example of those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”

I Timothy 1:12 - 16

Consider that you are a recruiting officer of a certain non-government organization, will you consider a violent man with records of murder to join your organization ? Particularly that man is someone who has dome great damage to the members of your organization ?

Well such was the record of apostle Paul. He was once a very violent man, a murderer. He dragged men and women including children to jail because of their christian faith. He deviced evil schemes against the Christians, threatening to kill them if they will not give up their faith. He did his best to destroy Christianity.

Paul tried his best to kill Christianity in his ignorance. But the Lord JesusChrist poured out his marvelous grace upon him. Despite of all the damages he had done to Christianity, the Lord Jesus Christ entrusted him with a very great commission of preaching the Gospel to the Gentile world. He is not worthy because of the damage he had done to Christianity , but the Lord considered him trustworthy and faithful to carry out such task.Truly God has been so gracious to apostle Paul.

Despite of our unworthiness to carry out the Lord’s work, God considers us faithful to be part of his ministry. No matter how worst sinner had we become in the past, we may have committed many grievous sins. We may had become immoral people, violent people, blasphemers, idolaters, drug addicts, God has still reserved his wonderful plan for us. God is always willing to give us another chance if we will just repent from our sinful ways. He is always willing to give us a new beginning.

I was so much blessed with the testimony of Tony as I watched 700 Club Asia last night. Tony was once a very violent man always trying to have something to prove. He has this constant search for his identity that led him to the gangster world. Being in a gangster, he had lived a violent life, always involved in troubles. He had been deeply involved in drugs. His involvement in drugs led him to a life of emptiness and depression. The deeper he got hooked on drugs, the deeper the emptiness in his heart had become. Until one day he cannot anymore overcome his depression, he decided to commit suicide by hanging himself. He was about to carry out such evil plan when somebody knocked on his door that made him change his mind.

One day sitting in front of a television set , he watched TV evangelist Pat Robertson minister the love of Christ. He was touched by the message and accepted the Lord in his heart.. But his battles and struggles over drugs continue until one day he decided to cry out to God to help him overcome drugs.. Surrendering his life completely to the Lord,he pleaded to the Lord that he needed God’s help to help him overcome drugs He admitted. that he cannot overcome by his own power. After crying out that prayer, one morning Tony woke up with no more desire for drugs. He was finally able to overcome his drug addiction with the power of God.

Today, Tony is one of the counselor staff of a Christian drug rehabilitation center here in the Philippines.He is a very great help to many drug dependents seeking way out of drugs. He has now a very productive ministry in that rehabilitation center finding great purposes in life. Tony’s search for his identity ended. He has found now his identity in Christ, his Savior and Lord.

Truly if we will just open our hearts to God, he will reach out and rescue us from our bondage whatever it is. We must just admit that with our own strength we can do nothing, we need God’s strength .

God is always gracious to give us another chance. He is always willing to give us a new beginning . He always reserve his great purposes for our lives no matter how far we have astrayed from him. If we will just turn away from our sins and return to him, he is always willing to give us a place in his vineyard despite of our unworthiness. He is always gracious to include us in the exploits of his kingdom inspite of our insufficiency. What a gracious God he is.

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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi James A. Watkins it is great to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. It is much appreciated. Truly no matter how much our lives have become worst, there is always hope only because we have a loving and forgiving God. Blessings to you and regards.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I love this Hub! Your story about Paul, and then the link to Tony . . . wonderfully done! It is amazing what broken vessels God chooses to use. I am thankful for it.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Cristina,

      Wonderful and uplifting hub! Thanks for sharing.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi skye2day it is great to hear from you again. Thank you always for reminding me of the Lord's very soon return. Truly the "blessed hope" must be always alive in our hearts. How I desire for the Lord's coming, surely the KIng is coming soon. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated always. Blessings to you and your husband. Best regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated, We do indeed serve a wonderful God. He always deserve our worship. I am also very thankful for His loving presence in my life. It is the source of my daily strength. Blessings to you and your wife. Regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi fred allen it is great to hear from you again. Praise God for every new day, new hope, new beginning. God's mercy indeed is fresh every new day. Praise God for His endurng mercy and stubborn love that fills our lives with worth and meaning. Thank you for dropping by. Your comment and visit is much appreciated, Blessings to you and your family. Regards.

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      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      cristina327 Remember Jesus told peter to forgive 70 times 70 every day. That is how much Christ forgives us. He waits at the door for the broken and lost. He weeps for them He is so precious and awesome I know I do not deserve HIS Grace but because he loved first we can choose HIM as Lord of and Savior of our life's. I pray many come to HIM He will return soon. We are in the generation of the FIG tree. His return is closer. Thank you for another beautiful writing Keep shining sister I know GOD smiles favor on his servant cristina327.

      In HIS name Jesus Christ.

      Hugs Galore

      up and beautiful

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: God performs so many wonderous things in every person's lives showing his love and graciousness all the time. I am so thankful for God in me and in my life.

      KUYA Dave.

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      fred allen 

      7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Thank God for every new day. When we wake, our slate is clean and we can decide to live this day for His glory! Thanks for reminding us of who Paul was. It gives hope to the worst of us!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Loves To Read it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for taking time to read this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Your additional input is very encouraging. Truly it is how we ended our life the one that truly matters. We may have started life not very well but we could always be thankful to God for giving us a chance to correct our mistakes and to end our life beautifully. Truly God is awesome. Blessings to you. Best regards.

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      Loves To Read 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful hub on the grace of our living God, Cristina. It does not matter what we have done in the past. It is what we do with our future that will count when Christ returns.

      For every word we have ever spoken, it is but a few short sentences we say that can change our life forever. This is of course our choice, but Gods desire for our lives. Only once we accept Him as our personal Lord and Saviour, can we find the strength to defeat the enemy and live the life God has planned for us.

      Love and Hugs

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi DavePrice thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.

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      DavePrice 

      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      What a gracious God we serve, and you serve Him well sister. Thank you for another wonderful testimony to God's grace.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Ken R. Abell thank you for dropping by. Blessings to you.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady I am very much blessed and encouraged by your comment. Truly our God is awesome, always giving us new beginning, second chances. Without this grace, we can never become a better person. It is God's grace and promise of forgiveness and renewal the one that makes life really meaningful and worth living. Imagine life without God's forgiveness it will never be the same but our God is a God of mercy and love. He will remain uncomparable throughout the years. Thank you for dropping by. It is much appreciated. Blessings to you. Regards.

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      Ken R. Abell 

      7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Amen & amen.

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      RevLady 

      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Cristina,

      Truly God is a God of another chance. Each new day that He blesses us to enjoy gives us another chance to make amends and strengthen our relationship with Him. We can never be worthy of His love and tender mercies, but we strive everyday to draw closer to Him and allow His power to empower us to service in His name.

      Great hub,

      Love, peace and joy in Him who is faithful to forgive our sins.

      Forever His,

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