Be grateful, sinner
I am grateful to him
who has strengthened me,
Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor
and an arrogant man,
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.