Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32 (NIV)
I was once living a life that was dark and depraved. I was walking on a path that was filled with evil of every kind of evil. I had no interest in you. I had no time for you. I had no need for you. My thoughts and words and deeds were motivated by those perspectives. I was thinking evil thoughts. I was speaking evil words. I was doing evil deeds. I’m sure that the thoughts, words and deeds that were coming out of my heart and mind and life were not pleasing to you. By every external measure, I’m positive that I looked like I was deader than a door nail. To every observer, I’m sure that I seemed to be unredeemable and without hope in the world. It is a very good thing that I was not the final judge of my own condition. Why is that? I would have given up on me. I did not give up on you. I saw what you could not see. You only partially saw your past and present. I clearly saw your past and present and future. I’m very glad about that. I am so thankful that you did not give up on me. I grateful that you could see what I could not see. That is very good.
I rescued you from your dark and depraved life. I pulled you off your evil path. I turned your life around. I brought you to myself. You heard my call. You confessed your sins to me. You received my forgiveness and cleansing. You are now on the path of loving, following and serving me. Yes, I am. There is something I want you to remember. What’s that. I placed people in your life, along your way. There were people who were praying for you. There were people who reached out to you. There were people who spoke in to your life. There were people who I used as my instruments to help draw you to me. Do you remember these people? Do you remember the roles they had in your life? Do you know that they did not give up on you? They prayed for you. They cared for you. They loved you with my love. Do you remember them? Do you remember their work in your life? Yes, I remember all of what others have done for me. That’s good. Will you allow me to use you in these ways? Yes Lord, I will also you to use me. I will pray for others. I will care for others. I will love others with your love. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good. Use me whenever, wherever and however you see fit. I will, you can count on it.
Lord, at one time I was far away from you and living a life like one with a depraved mind. Thank you that you rescued me and saved me from a life without you. Help me now to pray for others who are now far away from you. Amen
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