Daily Devotions – God’s mercy upon Paul leading to his Call

Daily Devotions – God’s mercy upon Paul leading to his Call

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1 Timothy 1:12-17 (NIV)
The Lord’s Grace to Paul
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 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. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 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. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


Choose one or two key verses from the Scripture reading in 1 Timothy today and do at least one of the following for your chosen verse(s).
A –  Ask questions of the text (Who, what, why, where, when)
– Emphasize certain words as you read the text over & over
I  –  In your own words (paraphrase one or more verses)
O  – Other verses in the Bible that say the same or opposite
U  – Use it; apply the truth from the text in your life


Thank You, Lord, for Your forgiveness, mercy, and grace.  You searched me out while I was still living in sin and didn’t have a personal relationship with You. But You loved me anyway. You transformed my life and gave me Your peace. For this reason, I can leave behind my past and look forward to serving and praising You. My future is in Your hands, my Lord and Savior. I trust you with the rest of my life on earth and for all eternity. Amen