I Timothy 1:12 (KJV) And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Did you know before Paul believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, he spoke evil of Jesus, oppressed followers of Jesus, and exalted himself? Read today’s Word v13 “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man” Yet God called Paul from this ungodly life and made him a faithful, focused, fruitful servant of the Lord. Here we see once again the transformation that happens by the exceeding abundant grace of our God. Can you relate to this? Or would you like this to be your personal experience?
This grand project of transformation all started with God’s Grace. God’s grace brings us the wonderful blessings of godliness that we could never deserve. And God’s mercy holds back the awful consequences that our ungodliness deserves. God turned Paul into a man of faith as it is written that, “The Just shall live by Faith” (Romans 1:17). Paul had also been a man of deep seated hatred but God then turned him into a man of Love, and Paul penned “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). God’s grace is just waiting for you once more to complete that which has been started in you this very day.
Prayer: O Lord of rich mercy and exceedingly abundant grace, I worship You. I thank you for holding back the judgment I deserved. I praise You for graciously bringing to me wonderful blessings that I could never deserve. Now, by Your bountiful grace, please work in my heart more faith and love, that I might serve and honor You more effectively. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen, Amen!