1 Timothy 1: 12-17
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, 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. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
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 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. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be glory and honor for ever and ever. Amen.
Having been shown the “good news” of Jesus Christ throughout all of life, I have no excuse for making sinful choices–but I did. The mercy that I received was the result of the prayers of others for me and my humble prayer of repentance (being sorry and ashamed of the sin that I had committed against God and others). God showed me his mercy (favor that is never earned, but given freely) because of his great love for me. This is the same love God has for all of us regardless of who we are or what we are guilty of doing. Now God wants me to share his love and mercy to you. Will you receive it? If you have received this gift of mercy, will you give it to someone else? God is the King eternal, immortal, invisible to our eye, the only God who alone is worthy of all glory and honor. Praise the name of God forever!
Father send your Holy Spirit to all who will read this message to reveal your love and mercy for them. Give each faith to believe and to talk with you. Thank you for Christ Jesus who paid the price of our sin so that we can be set free from the evils of this world. Thank you for your gift of forgiveness and eternal life in you. Help us to be your faithful disciple and for us to make disciples for you, in Jesus name, amen.