Bible Bites

Bible Bites

Overcoming Ignorance

“I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor.  Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief.” (1 Timothy 1:13)

God will not forever overlook ignorance, but He does recognize it as a legitimate barrier to righteousness.  Paul did many horrible, sinful things, but he did them because he believed they were good things.  As Paul himself said, he was ignorant, and even his bad behavior was done in good conscience (see Acts 23:1).

God’s grace is that He gives us time to overcome our ignorance.  Eventually, repentance is required (see Acts 17:30), but God in His mercy allows us time to learn and grow through the Scriptures, so we might approve of what is good and act accordingly.

It is quite likely that right now there are things you are doing that five years from now, you will cease to do (and be horrified that you once practiced!)… this is normal.  Pursue maturity and with it the ability to discern between good and evil (see Hebrews 5:14).

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