Conversation with Paul

Sunday, September 02, 2012 Posted by Joline

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Saul. Turned to Paul.

It was a dramatic conversion.

I wonder after such a "hollywood-esque" transformation, how he felt afterwards. Not about the experience, but rather, about himself.

"Paul," I would ask, "did you ever deal with regret for the things you did in your past? For the man that you were? For the people who you persecuted and killed? Or was that all washed away when Christ blinded you?"

See, I'm doubting there was professional therapy to help work him through the personal demons of his past. Maybe he even experienced some PTSD.

Perhaps penning all those letters was the comfort and confirmation he needed in order to realize that he was no longer who he WAS, but was now who he IS. I mean, he said it himself, didn't he?

I imagine him answering my question with, "Regrets. I've had a few . . . but therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

What a perfect verse for Paul to be inspired to write both for current and future believers, yes, but perhaps even more so for himself.

New creation. New life. New person.

Are you having difficulty seeing yourself this way?

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