Thursday, November 30, 2023
Gratitude can be defined as showing appreciation. Although the word gratitude is not mentioned in the following passage, Paul is expressing his gratitude to God as a reason to serve Him.
Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17 slowly and prayerfully.
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 for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)
1. What does Paul express thanks to God for?
2. What did Paul recognize about himself before encountering Christ?
3. What did Paul say his life was an example of?
4. What words does Paul use to declare his gratitude to God in verse 17?
5. What one phrase from this passage will you think about throughout today?