Mercy: 1 Timothy 1:16-17

But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:16-17 (NLT)

In 1 Timothy, the Apostle Paul is instructing his protege Timothy. In verse 16, he explains that God had mercy on him, a foremost sinner. For, Saul, as he was known then, was persecuting the followers of Jesus, trying to stop the spread of Christianity.
When Saul was traveling to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him and changed his life and mission. Paul’s conversion is a testimony to the great mercy and forgiveness of the Lord.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, as Paul had been. Paul converted and became God’s representative taking the gospel to the Gentiles.
Paul’s testimony highlights the mercy and infinite love of Jesus; and its transforming power.
The Lord is still patiently waiting for sinners to believe and repent.
In Verse 17, Paul closes with heartfelt praises to God, the Eternal King; all honor and glory to God forever and ever belong to Him!

What testimony can you share of God’s mercy and love for you?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your Son Jesus; and His saving grace. Jesus, we are in awe of Your mercy, forgiveness, and infinite love. We admire, worship, and praise our Triune God for all You have done for us. Like the beautiful trumpet-like blossoms of the azalea, we raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving for your mercy and grace. Amen

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6 thoughts on “Mercy: 1 Timothy 1:16-17

  1. We serve an amazingly generous and gracious God who shows us mercy upon mercy each day. I love Paul’s story and ministry. Next to Jesus he’s definitely one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing the gifts God has given you to express his love for us. They are always encouraging and comforting words. Have a wonderful week Jeanne. πŸŒΊπŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Tina, I am in awe of Paul’s conversion, writing, and ministry. A wonderful testimony of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. It is always good to hear from you. Have a wonderful and blessed week!πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΊ

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  2. I thank the Lord for His grace and mercy. Paul was so aware of how much the Lord forgave him and I pray we never forget how much we are forgiven so that we remain in awe and humility of all that we are so freely given.
    This was very encouraging Jeanne. Have a wonderful day πŸ€—πŸŒΊ

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