I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. Indeed the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. […]
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen
– 1 Timothy 1:13-17
For St. Paul’s story of mercy and redemption, see “The saint whom Christ struck blind,” July 1, 2012.