"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve Him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted His people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief."
Look how much God loves us, He used Paul even with his horrible past treatment of the Christians. God's love is for everyone and when we can understand that our strength comes from Him we can make a difference. Paul didn't question God's love He embraced it. Verse 12 says, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work." I love this because none of us are strong enough to do His work without surrendering our old lives and living through Him.
In verse 14 Paul says, "Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that comes from Christ Jesus." We have a gift that is so great and that can do so much, we need to grab on with joy and let it fill us with hope. Look at verses 15-16 which say, "This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" - and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life." If that doesn't make you shout AMEN! I don't know what will. We can't worry about what we have done or who we are we have to believe that we had a past that God can use for His glory and that we are a loved tool that God will use if we let Him.
If you don't think so or are struggling with something you've done - let it go and let Jesus use you to reach the kingdom. Seek wisdom, ask for knowledge and knock everyday for help saying, thank you God for your love - your Son Jesus - and the Holy Spirit, let all of them fill me so I am more like them and less like me. We can't keep wondering if we're good enough because God has made us good enough through His Son Jesus, so we need to use what we know and continue to grow to be more like Him daily. Amen