Abide Together: Reflections on Acts 22

As I read this chapter, I was reminded of the great work God did in the life of Saul of Tarsus. Once a murderer of Christians, now the author of much of our New Testament. God’s grace abounds to the worst of sinners. Paul himself recounts what God did in his life and shares with us his testimony of God’s grace in this chapter. There is so often a belief that people feel they are too far gone for the grace of God. They think there is no way God would love such a wretch. And there stands Paul–not only a nonbeliever himself, but a staunch persecutor of the Church. Paul was a part of the ISIS equivalent of the time. Yet God took his heart of stone and replaced it with a heart of flesh. He took his dead soul and breathed life into him. Friend, you may look at your sin and wonder how God could possibly love you. You may think his grace is surely not sufficient for your sin. But know that God’s grace reaches down in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He was crucified for your sin, raised three days later proving his sacrifice was sufficient, and now intercedes on your behalf before the Father. Rejoice! Though your sins were like scarlet, they have been washed white as snow.

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