I am Far More Sinful and Wicked Than I Ever Dared Believe and Far More Loved and Accepted in Christ Than I Ever Dared Hope

I’m doing a series of posts on sentences that have changed my life (part 1, part 2, part 3) Here’s another: I am far more sinful and wicked than I ever dared believe and far more loved and accepted in Christ than I ever dared hope.

far more sinful and wicked than I ever dared believe and far more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope

I first heard this influential phrase from Tim Keller, author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I don’t really remember exactly what message or sermon I heard it in, but he says it a lot.

This sentence has changed me by helping me see that my sin is real and serious. No minimizing, deflecting, or blaming. I bear the full weight and responsibility for my disobedience. And it’s deeper and darker than I typically realize.

At the same time, this sentence declares that my salvation is glorious. God accepts me in Christ not because of me, but in spite of me. I could not be more loved by God. This is good news!

This sentence gives humility and boldness, which rarely come together. Humility because I see I truly am deserving of God’s wrath. I’m not better than anybody. Boldness because I see that God truly loves me and is for me. As Keller says, “No swaggering or sniveling.”

Question:

Which part of this statement is most difficult for you to believe? Why?

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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

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