I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, 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. – 1 Timothy 1:12-14 (Emphasis mine)
As I read the words of Paul, I am often thinking about how his words connect with me, how I connect with his sin. As I read these words recently, I focused on what Paul states Jesus has done in his life, all that Jesus has poured into him (Paul). It’s easy for me to be introspective about my faults but I do not focus enough on looking at what Jesus has and is doing inside of me. As I emphasize the words of Paul’s writing in this section of scripture, it becomes more obvious to see the emphasis Christ puts on, and in, me.
Grace and peace.