As a new believer in Jesus Christ, Paul was on trial for his belief,
standing before the court he makes this plea:
Acts 26:9-11 - "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities"
Paul understood the rage and anger that was now directed toward him, for before his encounter with Christ, he had done the same things that his accusers were now doing to him.
He had hunted and tracked down those who believed Jesus Christ to be Messiah with that same 'supposed' devotion to God, thinking that God was pleased.
Persecution and condemnation
Persecution and condemnation is being aimed at Christians today in ways we have not seen before. As American citizens, we have been blessed to have the choice to worship God freely.
Throughout the world we are seeing individuals being targeted simply because their faith in God offends someone else's belief. The God who created us gives us freedom of choice. When we choose Him, we choose life; when we choose to turn from Him we are choosing death.
Turning from God leads us into a path of destruction that brings addictions, bondage, fear, and all manner of things that squeezes life out of us. Choosing God's plan, however, frees us to be all that we were created to be!
Take a second look...
Romans 9-10- "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do good to those who persecute us, if we are to be true followers of Christ. And who is our neighbor? Everyone.
Is it possible to be sincere and be sincerely wrong in your beliefs? When Paul took a second look at his motives, he found that he was wrong.
It's your turn... What are your thoughts?
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