“…and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Tim 1: 14
Paul deliberately recorded his extraordinary experiences in order to become an example for many people. How he experienced a big change in his life. He said, “I thank Him who strengthens me, who is Christ Jesus our Lord, because He considers me faithful and has entrusted this service to me”.
Paul realized that he could serve only because of the strength of God and the strength of God that kept him faithful. Formerly Paul was a fierce blasphemer and persecutor, but because of grace he was worthy of God.
We cannot change ourselves without God's mercy. The changes that Paul went through were all because of God's grace. We can also experience change for the better.
From God's side, He has given a great love, because it is necessary for us to do something from our side, namely faithfulness to live in that grace. Everyone can experience God's grace but not necessarily everyone is loyal to God. Be faithful because HE is so faithful. Thus we are grateful for the grace He has given us. Amen