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Bible verse for June 24
“Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:14 NLT)
Prayer Reflections for June 24
I grew up in the African country of Zimbabwe. Resources were limited so one would become very good at mending broken things. My father was very good at it. If you snapped your wooden hockey stick, he could fix it with some glue and a length of string and it would last you for years to come. A hole in the hose out in the garden? Not a problem – a piece of rubber cut from an old car tyre tube wrapped around and tied against itself will patch the hole. The list could go on, but you get the idea.
However, now that I am living in the UK, things are very different. It is very difficult to find someone who is able to mend broken things and quite often when you do find them, the cost of fixing the broken item is greater than simply replacing it with a new one. So many broken things are thrown away and discarded.
In this section of his letter to Timothy, Paul is giving thanks for the generous grace of God in his life. He recalls how he used to be the ‘worst of sinners’ (verse 16) as he would go around blaspheming and even persecuting and trying to kill followers of Jesus before he met Jesus for himself. He speaks of how God had mercy on him for his sin (verse 13) and that it was only by the grace of God – this undeserved love and forgiveness that cannot be bought or earned but is so freely offered and given – that he had been saved from his former life of sin.
Why does he tell us these things? Why is he recalling it in a letter to Timothy, someone whom he is mentoring and helping to disciple in the faith? It is because he wants to remind Timothy that God is the mender of broken things. That no matter how broken or messed up his life is, or indeed the lives of those around him seem to be, they are never beyond the grace and love of God.
The same is true for us today. We may feel we are not worth anything, that we deserve to be thrown away, or that we are useless. But God does not see us like this. He sees our brokenness, yes – but His grace and His love are far bigger than our brokenness could ever be. God is reaching out to us today and offers us this same grace and love that Paul experienced – yes, even the worst of sinners can be made whole when we place our lives in the loving hands of the One who mends broken things.
June 24 Prayer
Dear God, When we feel worthless and broken, You remind us that you see our brokenness but Your grace and love are far bigger than any of our brokenness could ever be. Thank you for your gift of grace and love, Amen.
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