Mercy and Grace

8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

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. 1 Timothy 1:8-14

Paul took the opportunity to list the types of sins that lawbreakers needed the law. Of course the list isn’t exhaustive though it is thorough. As mentioned, this was not an all-inclusive list but representative of sin in general. Violations of some of the Commandments are buried in that list.

So, what does it have to do with us, you ask? The answer is in verses 12-13. God has showered with His mercy and grace. We accepted that mercy and grace, and our lives are forever changed.

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