Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Once Was

One of the most fascinating stories of the bible captures our imaginations in this way. Can you envision, your existence based on who you harassed? How much you intimidated a person or persons? Hating a group of individuals because of what and who they believed in? In a nut shell you lived as a royal "hater" and jerk. That was Saul before he became Paul. Now envision, having a divine revelation. Having a change of heart. Getting closer to the very God you despised these people for believing in. Having the daunting task of spreading the gospel "the good news" through out regions. Convincing people that with God and believing in Jesus their lives would be so much better. How about having to face some of those same people you ridiculed, harassed, threw in jail convincing them that you were a whole different person now? How very difficult this task would have been. You are literally thrown in jail. Beat up. Called crazy. But you believed in God without a shadow of a doubt. You died for the cause. This seems like a story out of today's society. However it is the very true story of a negative person turning his life around. In life, this could be a very applicable occasion to many. It is a scene that is played out over and over again. There have been many who have changed their lives completely. It is not up to us to judge a person and harbor hatred if that person has changed for the greater good. 
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

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