The Lesson of Saul

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Have you ever thought that you are unworthy of God’s love because of things that you have done?  Do you sometimes think that there is no hope that you can turn away from sinful ways?  Today’s reading from Acts should give all of us hope.

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.

Saul, of course, is Saint Paul. Despite the sinfulness of his path, God chose him to be a great evangelist of Jesus Christ.  Through his efforts, the Church grew and spread throughout the world.  His influence is felt in every nation on earth.

So don’t give up hope.  God delights in the reformation of sinners!

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3 Responses to The Lesson of Saul

  1. Ellen says:

    Thank God for his boundless mercy and love!

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    We would be lost without his mercy and forgiveness. Thank you again for today and all of the days to come. Amen.

  3. Thistle says:

    Now let’s see – if we were to put this in today’s perspective – I suspect the Apostles and early Christians must have felt a lot of suspicion at first. What if Our Heavenly Father decided to pick some unexpected person today to further HIS message like he did with Saul?

    I suspect we would be wary too. It would be a bit like Osama Ben Laden suddenly started praising Jesus. (and yes, I know that Osama is dead – he was just an blatant example that came to my mind)

    We have to give the early Christians and the Apostles a lot of credit. Do you think we would welcome a repentant persecutor?

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