By John Rasmussen
I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience (1 Timothy 1:16 ESV).
Every home has one—a ball of knotted and tangled headphones, chargers, and computer cords. It’s as if the universe works overtime to create a mess that tempts us all to throw the whole thing in the trash and start over.
Sometimes our lives are like this ball of cords and wires. Our mistakes follow us wherever we go. Our relationships become more and more complicated. Old habits die hard. We grow impatient with ourselves. Others grow impatient with us. But God is perfectly patient. Always.
Consider the mess the apostle Paul had made of his life. Before he met Jesus, he had persecuted Christians. After his conversion, the consequences of those actions didn’t go away immediately. It took time for other Christians to trust him.
Looking back on his life, Paul called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). But in the very next verse, Paul writes that God had “perfect patience” toward him, the worst of sinners.
God has the same patience toward you. When your life is a tangled mess, he is always at work—patiently forgiving and untangling—all the way to the end.
Living Forgiven & Free Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, our sins are gone. We are friends of God—forever. However, restoring our human relationships is often a process. Are any of your relationships broken or strained? What’s the next step to you can take toward healing?
Prayer starter: Father, you are so patient with me . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from Forgiven & Free: Devotions for Men.