Angry man

Re:Verse reading–Acts 9:1-22, 26-31 (day one)

“Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”–v 1

It is a memory Paul carried for the rest of his life.  Shameful.  Cruel.  Convicting.  Obsessive. (“I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man” he would say years later in 1 Timothy 1)  A reminder to him (and to us) how lost people are without Christ. Even religious people.

Did he ever wonder?  I wonder.  As he watched Stephen die with love and forgiveness, did Saul have a moment of self-doubt?  Did he momentarily recognize the demonic power of hatred at work in his own heart?  How empty and angry he was?

Years later, this same man (reborn) will plead with others.  “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves.”–2 Corinthians 13:5.  Maybe, as he wrote those words, he was remembering how easy it is to think you are one thing and actually be another.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

One thought on “Angry man”

  1. Angry men have a spiritual problem that they can never solve their own. Spiritual problem is sin. We find these angry folks in all walks of life and professions. God created so many different personality and characters. He is the creator and the authority in all things. In reality, no training or counseling program can transform their hearts. Only God can transform them for good and give them a new heart.

    God can use lost people to glorify Him by giving them a new heart. It takes God to make this shift, an old heart with anger and hatred will be replaced with love, compassion and forgiveness. Only God can make that transformation as no human beings can do on their own.

    Whether God will be using Saul for His glory, we will wait to see!

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