Dear Christian educators,
It's all about Him. The more I come to know Him, the more I love Him. I am so grateful for His perfect patience that has forgiven me and given me eternal life in Him. We all have received mercy so that we may display His perfect patience to win others over. Do you know Him yet? He is love and He is waiting for You as He gently calls. Come and see. Taste and see what the Lord has done. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
1 Timothy 1:16 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
As Christians in the public schools, we have been blessed to be Christ followers. With much blessing comes much responsibility. Because of His great mercy, we are charged with displaying His perfect patience as an example to those who do not believe yet, that they too may have eternal life through Him. Now how in the world can you do that in the public schools? You walk the walk without talking the talk. We will never have perfect patience. That's reserved for our Lord, but we can ask for His patience as we deal with the numerous unsettling issues that can happen on any given school day. Pray this scripture aloud and ask Him to help you with patience. We know it's in His will because it's in His word.
I am thankful for Your servant Paul who teaches us to pray. Thank you Lord that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. We hate sin, Lord, but You saved us. Thank you for Your mercy that in me, a saved sinner, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who are to believe in Him for eternal life. Lord, You hold the words of eternal life. Where else would we go? Thank You for your patience and love. We ask for this in the saving name of Jesus. Amen.
Karen and the CIPE Team