One of my favorite things in the whole world is hearing testimonies from believers that have endured suffering for Christ Jesus. I'm always inspired because I see the power of God working in their lives for His glory and His glory alone. This is why I like to highlight a devotional thought every week from the book Extreme Devotion. As we begin this Monday, let's focus on the awesome love of Jesus who came to save us all from our filthy sin.
I am among criminals. It is an understatement that men can become like animals. Animals are without sin. But the men surrounding me in jail reach depths of devilish darkness unreachable for animals.
It would be easier to live in a stable than among these criminals. Every word of theirs is filthy, every gesture repugnant. “Their throats are open graves. . . .
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
But against this background shines the extraordinary love of God. For it is true that whosoever believes—even men like these—can have eternal life. God sent me to prison to bring them this Good News.
A LETTER FROM A RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN PRISONER