Friday, November 15, 2013

i am a wretch

Do you know what a wretch is?

Basically, a wretch is someone who (is)(a):
bully, bad, black sheep, bum, cheater, coward, criminal, delinquent, derelict, despicable, disgrace, dishonest, felon, fool, fraud, good-for-nothing, hoodlum, immoral, incorrigible, ingrate, liar, looser. lowlife, miserable, outcast, outlaw, rotten, scoundrel, scum, sinner, swindler, tramp, vagrant, varmint, vile, villain, wicked.

 Whoa Nellie! That’s a boatload list for describing a wretch!  Okay, seriously now.  Many of those words describe me.  But, by the grace of God I am saved.  As the old, well-know hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ says: ‘That saved a wretch like me.’

I am a sinner and I will always be a sinner.  It’s not quite this simple, but Jesus died to take away my sin.  I've been a Christian for many years, yet it’s still hard for me to wrap this around my head and around my heart.  I know this for sure: For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 

John 3:16 NLT

God, the Creator of everything that is, loves me.  Me.  Out of all the billions or trillions of people that have ever lived on this earth, God knows me and loves me and has saved me.  Me.  Wow...   And amazingly, Jesus would have died on the cross if I were the only person in the whole world that believed in and accepted Christ as my savior.  Wow...  

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
Martin Luther

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