1 Timothy 1:12-15
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength,
that he considered me faithful, 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.