Intense, rabid, passionate

And yet I was shown mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:13b, 14 – NASB)

I am amazed. Awed. Humbled.

“Life” has been full of changes lately: both my Sunday School teacher and a woman I have grown to greatly respect have been called onto Sabbatical; a woman whom I consider a mentor at work is retiring. Just when I was beginning to feel comfortable sitting under the teaching of others, The Lord began speaking to my heart: rely on Me, learn from Me.

I shared with a dear friend a few weeks ago that I believed The Lord was directing me to focus solely on His Word and to not do topical Bible studies for now. I felt He was calling me to dwell in 1 & 2 Timothy and so here I am!

The one phrase that lingered in my head as I began my time in the Word this morning was, “Intense, rabid, passionate love.”

And I was totally bowled over when I read, for at least the 4th time this morning, Paul writing to Timothy about how the grace of our God is more than abundant. More than abundant. How can anything be more than abundant? And I stopped to grasp the enormity of this: He loves us so much that He pours out His grace … more than abundantly? WOW!

I’m thankful for technology: I have multiple versions in my Bible app and so I took time to see how this passage was translated in the other versions:

English Standard Version- overflowed for me
New International Version – poured out on me abundantly
New Living Translation – Oh how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with faith and love that came from Christ Jesus.

I think the most beautiful description comes from The Message: Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me.

“Poured over me and into me” … “more than abundant” … “overflowed”

Intense. Rabid. Passionate.

Wow.

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