I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 1 Timothy 1:12-13
Paul, who wrote over half of the New Testament, was considered an enemy to Christians. He terrorized them including imprisoning them and having them stoned to death. But God sees us differently than people do, he knew Paul had a big heart and when Jesus revealed himself to Paul, he transformed Paul into a servant of Christ.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 1:14
If it was up to us we would have considered Paul condemned, but Grace of Jesus is a gift from God that can’t be earned or be comprehended. Nobody shows Love and Mercy like our Heavenly Father thru the atonement sacrifice of his only begotten Son.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15-16
If God can take a sinner like Paul and make him the Saint he is today, imagine what he could do to you? Jesus not only saves you but transforms you into the person you were truly meant to be. Change isn’t easy but all things are possible with God.
At first even the other disciples such as Peter and James rejected Paul, but thru the Holy Spirit they finally saw the good fruit Paul was bearing. Jesus brings hope to the hopeless and will save a wretch like me in Jesus Name Amen