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.”


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

Published by 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.

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