Jesus’ Patience for Us Is an Example – 1 Timothy 1:16

By Tammy Burke

Are you an example of a Christ-follower?

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16

Paul says he received mercy so that Jesus’ patience would be shown to others. Don’t sense any pressure to be an example. The patience Christ has given us is an example to others of what he will do for them. In the NASB it says “so that in me, as the foremost sinner, Jesus Christ might demonstrate his perfect patience as an example.”

When we live, our life following Jesus shows others the patience Jesus has. Jesus said he didn’t come to save the righteous, but sinners (Matt 9:13, Luke 5:32, Mark 2:17). In a righteous person, there’s nothing for Jesus to do. He came to save us imperfect beings so that we might share that message with others. As Paul tells us in the verse before this, Jesus came to save sinners.

Today, let’s help others move one notch closer to Jesus. We do that simply by modeling life following Jesus. Practice the 5 daily habits, pray, appreciate others, know what you believe, serve others and speak for yourself. Join us on the next Marketplace Mission Trip. But don’t take that trip alone. Individually, most of us give ourselves a break. If you do this with a friend, you can help each other do the exercises and join the calls. It’s work training ourselves to be intentional with our faith. Can you focus on the joy you receive as a Christ-follower and do the work? Check it out and learn more at

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