Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them.
– 1 Timothy 1:15
The point being emphasised here is that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. St. Paul condenses into very few words God’s plan for the redemption of mankind, which is in fact one of the basic truths of faith and appears in the Creed: “For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven”.
Christ came to save us from the only evil which can separate us from God – sin. By His victory over sin, Christ gave men and women the honour of being sons and daughters of God. This new character and status equips us to light up the world around us with the brightness of our Christian lives.
If we really commit ourselves to live according to the heart of Jesus Christ, we will realise that we have been sent to share the Good News with fervour and love. We will also have the clear realisation that we ourselves are sinners and that we need to trust in the mercy of God, more and more every day.
“The mercy of God is infinite and, according to the Gospel, even if our sins were infinite, His mercy is yet greater than our sins.” – St. Francis of Assisi
My Lord of mercy,
thank You for Your infinite and unconditional love.
Thank You for all You went through to save me.
Forgive me for the times I act in ways
not worthy of a true Christian, who claims to love You.
Lord, thank You for Your saving grace,
and for opening my eyes to the truth.
Lord, fill me with fervour,
with that sense of urgency,
to share Your love and goodness with others.
For this I pray with all my heart.