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August 3

1 Timothy 1, 12 – 14

Something to read

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

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Something to think about

Repent is an overused word in Christian circles, but it is important all the same. It is more than just saying sorry, but actually wanting to change. It literally means to turn around. That is to say, turn away from the wrongdoing and go in the opposite direction. Noticeably, Paul says that Christ has strengthened him, which implies that Paul also has a part to play. It is not that God simply took over Paul and made him into some kind of holy robot.

Paul says that even he, a man who violently persecuted others for their faith, managed to start again. Sometimes it is easier to have faith in God performing miracles than to have faith in ourselves changing. If we truly want to change, with God’s help we can.

Something to do

Write on a piece of paper something you are deeply ashamed of. (It might be thoughts as much as deeds.) Think about how you want to change. Write down what your first step to this change is. Act on this.

Something to pray

Redeemer God, give me the strength to change what I can change, be with me as I take the first step forward.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.

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