3 Then Paul said, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. As his student, I was carefully trained in our Jewish laws and customs. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just like all of you today. 4 And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison.(NLB)
Paul had a good education,top of his class,yet he was wrong when it came to God’s will.He persecuted God’s children hounding some to death 1. Sounds about like the Christians that we see all around the abortion clinics,doing things God’s way is first of all to be done in love,with mercy and compassion. 2. Claiming that all you do and say is right because of the color of your skin,God is not pleased with our wrongs! Yet we “scream” at others who are doing what we think is horrible in God’s sight. 3. Claiming you’re standing up for what’s right while you’re in your circle,but God sees you when you’re tearing people apart with your tongue. You get the picture, there are of course many other things could be added .
6“As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’8“ ‘Who are You, lord?’ I asked.“And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene,the One you are persecuting.’
We really need to think before we bounce off, believing what we’re doing is God ordained,I heard that one a lot.God ordained is doing what God wants in the right spirit,in the right time and with the right attitude. Paul not only got knocked from his horse,but he was blind and after this God trained him to do things his way,and he honored God. Are you praying for God’s will to be done in and through you, we all need to.
Other helpful scripture:
Matthew 7:1~5 ESV John 7:24 ESV Romans 2:1~3 James 1:19~22 Isaiah 42:19
2 Chronicles 17: 14 If my people….
Help us Heavenly Father for how often we deceive ourselves because a lot of time we continue doing wrong and we know it,Father help us to humble ourselves before you and to do your will in the right way,with the right attitude in Jesus name Amen.
Love in Christ Pat