I Timothy 1:15-16 ” 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 unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.”

Paul’s message here was simple and sincere…I am a sinner saved by God’s grace and nothing else…and I readily accept the fact that without it I would be spiritually dead and separated from Him forever. It is through God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience that we are led towards repentance. (Romans 2:4) And because His mercy is showered on us, we are to show mercy to this present unredeemed world… that we may receive mercy in the life to come. (Matthew 5:7)

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