‘I was a blasphemer, a persecutor, a violent man!’
(1 Tim 1:13)
Paul described himself in this way. Paul, who went on to become an apostle and author of 13 books of the bible, was once a man of violence. Do you struggle with anger, with the spirit of violence? Me too!
Here’s what happened: Paul felt the light and presence of God on his life, on his soul. And he asked this question honestly, with his eyes and heart lifted to heaven: ‘Who are you, Lord?’ (Acts 9:5) Here’s the answer that came back to him, and broke the spirit of violence and anger in his soul: ‘I am Jesus.’
My friend, we can all use anger management classes, self-help books, etc. But the actual power to break violence and sin in the soul, comes from the light of Jesus. We are told that he – and only he – can give us a ‘new heart and a new spirit.’ (Ez 36:26) Do you need a new heart, a fresh start?
Jesus came to us as ‘God in the flesh’ (John 1:14) He came and said that he was the ‘door’ to eternal life, to forgiveness of sin. Here is what Jesus asked of us: ‘Repent and believe.’ (Mark 1:15)
Have you repented of your sin? Have you put your faith in Jesus? A new life, from God’s power, awaits you this day!
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)