There are things that I have regretted in my life, things I still regret. If I could go back and change something, would I? YES, I would change a lot. I have had that immense, deep hurt in my heart for things that I have done or not done that I should have. But, I have never killed anyone.
The Apostle Paul was a dedicated persecutor of Christians. He hated them to the point of murder. He was young and watched when Stephen was stoned to death for following Jesus. You can call me a wimp, but I hide my eyes during violence in movies, I can not fathom what it does to someone to watch someone else being stoned to death. It is evil. That is all I can say. Paul continued his education as a Pharisee and grows to despise followers of Christ. He does all he can to have them put to death in an attempt to eliminate them all. He hates them so much that he travels to seek out christians to kill them. And then. He changes. He becomes a follower of Jesus himself.
Endless, immeasurable regret. The faces of those that he murdered playing over and over in his head. The anguish that Paul must have lived with. Or did he?
“There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.” Those are the words of Paul.
Do you have regret in your life? Have you murdered masses of people? Paul did. And he learned the meaning of true forgiveness.