Q. Is lying just as wrong as homosexuality?
Sometimes we lie and justify it. Some people plan to tell a lie to avoid telling the truth.
We tend to mix the law of God and the law of the world together to come up with our “in-the-middle law”, such as telling “white lies”. We should be able to able to find the balance but to follow God’s law with priority.
Reference, Read Proverbs 2:22 (AMP)
Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
A shrewd man is reluctant to display his knowledge [until the proper time],
But the heart of [over-confident] fools proclaims foolishness.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labour.
Our aim should be always to tell the truth.
Reference, Psalm 101:7
He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house;
He who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence.
Read 1 Timothy 1:12
"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trustworthy, putting me into service [for this ministry],"
Q. Why is Paul thankful?
He is not how he used to be, and his eyes of understanding has been opened.
Q. What is ministry?
Service to God.
Q. What did Paul used to do?
He was a blasphemer – mocking God and Christians
Q. How did God show Himself to him?
He showed mercy and forgiveness towards Paul.
Q. What is the difference between mercy and grace?
Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve. (wrath)
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. (amazing things)
Q. Why did god use Paul?
Paul is a perfect example that our past doesn’t disqualify us. Paul was also a very passionate person, although he was sinning, he didn’t know any better.
“even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shameful and outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favour and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realised] in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.”
Paul did a lot of bad things, more than our own lives. But if God can use Paul then He can definitely use us!
"Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example or pattern for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King of the ages [eternal], immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen."