“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
Saul was more than just a thorn in the sides of the first Christians.
He was truly a terrorist.
He was reigning terror upon these first followers of Christ.
Saul was “breathing murderous threats” as he carried out his mission to round up these followers of “the Way” and forcibly take them in chains to imprisonment and even execution.
Nice guy, huh?
What is the human response to such a despicable character?
Vengeance, retaliation, perhaps assassination?
These are all “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” responses.
All these responses were soundly rejected by Jesus when he specifically overturned that Old Testament edict and commanded his followers to love their enemies (Matthew 5:43-45).
You know, actually follow what Jesus demonstrated when he asked God to forgive his killers from the cross (Luke 23:34).
The first followers of Christ were known as “the Way” because it was a radical way of life.
The radical love they practiced sometimes led to their persecution and deaths, but it also resulted in transforming many lives.
Lives like Saul’s, who not only was not deemed unworthy by God but was instead chosen to be a world-renowned follower of Christ!
After a mystical encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, Saul was slowly but radically changed to one who would reign down mercy instead of terror.
Known by his new name, Paul, he became the greatest evangelist of all!
May we all take this to heart and allow God’s radical love to change us!
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