“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.”  1Timothy 1:16 NIV

Read:  1Timothy 1:12-17

Have you ever made a mistake?  What about taking a simple mistake and turning it into a real mess?  Did you ever do anything that you knew was wrong, but after a little false self justification you did it anyway?  Or maybe, the question should be; when was the last time?

It is common for us to want to forget those times.  We want to ‘sweep them under the carpet’ or ‘hide them in the closet’.  Neither ignoring or living with old mistakes is what we should do.


Do you want to get rid the mess you made?   As the adage goes; ’Turn your old mess into a new message’.   Once you have learned from your mistake, share your new found freedom with another.   You may help another from making the same mistake you made.

Paul had made a real mess of his life.   CHRIST called him to turn his old mess of a life into a new message of the gospel.    Paul understood sin and the failings of life and he understood those failings prepared him to take the gospel of our RISEN SAVIOUR to all.

Have you made a mess of things?   Ask JESUS to clean up the mess you created by forgiving you.   Then take that forgiveness and use it to help others who need to know what forgiven sins feel like.

You can turn your old mess into a new message for JESUS!

Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, Thank YOU for removing the messes I have made in my life.   Thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to turn the messes into messages to benefit others.   Amen!”