Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12 ESV: I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,
In 1 Timothy 1:1 Paul reminds Timothy and the rest of us that Christ Jesus is our hope. Do you find strength and hope in Christ Jesus? Do you have a question in your mind, or downright fear as you read in our scripture today “he judged me faithful”? Don’t fear; be filled with hope and strength.
Paul’s story, “formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,” 1 Timothy 1:13 (ESV). Then the grace of the Lord overflowed on Him…and us. Have we not acted ignorantly in our unbelief? Yes we have and here is the great news, the hope and the REASON we have received mercy.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV Like Paul, we feel like the world’s biggest sinner too at times don’t we? Jesus will use our story to show His patience and his grace. Be thankful for your story and know that what looked like a weakness is now your strength.
Today’s Prayer: Thank you Jesus for Your mercy, grace and peace that give me strength. Thank You for your unlimited patience with me and I pray through me You will show others how to be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
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