December 8, 2016

Just like Paul

Paul was on his way to see to it that Christians were arrested, and if nothing else, persecuted.

And then he was converted.

He NEVER again behaved as he once did after he was born new.

Do you?

After your conversion, have you lied, stolen, gossiped, behaved antagonistically, hatefully, or in any way, have you continued in your old way of life?

Conversion means never the same again.

It is a change in character.

It is to go from sinfulness to righteousness, from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom.

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (II Cor. 6:3) says that he caused no one to stumble.

Sin always causes not only yourself to stumble, but others.

If you are not a light, and if you are not salt, then you are a hindrance to the kingdom of heaven.

Paul was always salt and light after his conversion.

That is what Scripture says.

Do you believe it?

In I Corinthians 10:32, Paul tells the church to strive to cause no one to stumble.

In our striving, we will see that we are unable to stop our sinning.

In our striving (trying), we come to the end of ourselves, and see our sin.

In our striving, and in following Christ, we come to repentance.

We must admit that we are wrong. We hate. We kill, not only other Christians, but anyone who gets in our way, disagrees with us, and/or makes us mad, and/or the ones who betray us.

The only way to imitate Paul, as he tells us to do in I Corinthians 11:1, is to repent as did he.

On that road to Damascus, he was changed completely, never to be the same ever again.

If you have been converted, then you are not the same as before conversion.

You might think that you have been converted, but if you still sin, then you have the old nature.

The new nature, given as a gift upon repentance, replaces the old one.

The old is gone, and the new is come, IF anyone is truly in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

The one who is in Christ is just like Paul, and is never a cause for anyone to stumble.

They don't gossip, play favorites, hate, cause strife, lie, or cheat, for they love.

They love God with all that is in them, and they love the neighbor too.

Just like Paul.

Are you just like Paul? Do you imitate him? Is your life lived for Christ, and to die would be gain?

Do you look forward to your home-going, but till then you work for the kingdom?

In season, and out of season, are you content, and sharing the gospel just like Paul?

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