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A Christian-Killing Christian

It may sound like the plot of a Hollywood tragedy to hear a story of someone unknowingly killing a member of his or her own family, but it is in fact Paul’s story.  The greatest evangelist of all time murdered the ones who would have become his brothers and sisters in Christ.  How did Paul live with himself?  How did he get beyond the guilt and shame that must have come from being a bystander at the murder of those who would have become family?  

Paul’s life and writing shows that he understood the radical nature of grace.  Paul writes in Romans 8 that, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Those of us who have spent any time in church have been introduced to this concept, but do our lives reflect our belief in it?  Some of us have histories we are not proud of.  Our past may be littered with regret, but God wants to deliver us from the wreckage of our past through Jesus. If Paul, a former murderer of Christians, can be used for God’s glory, so can we.


  • In what areas of your life do you feel condemned? Confessed those areas and trust God to be faithful in forgiving you of and freeing you from that sin.
  • How can you use your past to bring God glory now and in the future?

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