Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
and our Lord’s grace was abundant, bringing faith and love in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:”Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them! But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen. 1 Timothy 1.14-17
Paul wrote this letter to Timothy. He is extolling the abundant grace and utmost patience that Jesus Christ shows toward us all.
Jesus did not come to earth to set up an earthly kingdom, as some would have us believe. He came to save sinners of which Paul claims the title of being the worst. Paul wrote to Timothy of the reason for which he was treated with mercy. If Jesus could be patient with Paul, then anyone could come to him in obedience and receive salvation.
Once again we see where Jesus serves as our example. Do you have patience with others when you are teaching them the truth from the Bible? Or do you get irritated when they do not immediately agree with what you are teaching? Just as Jesus was patient with Paul so we must be with those we are teaching to help them see the truth found in God’s word.