Acts 22:19-20 (NIV)
19 �Lord,� I replied, �these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.�

Paul had been arrested for speaking about the Gospel of Christ. Standing in front of a crowd of people he gave his testimony of how he came to know Christ. In the verses above he confesses his guilt over the abuse and murders of Christians. He admits how he imprisoned and beat those who believed in Christ. Paul was even present for the stoning of Stephen watching after the clothes of those who disrobed to throw their stones to kill Stephen.



Some of the apostles who first met Paul were very leery of him. They had witnessed what he had done to other Christians. They knew of his reputation. Now he was with them preaching the Good News of Salvation to both Jew and Gentile. Yet they still feared his past. They feared Paul might turn on them as he had done in the past. Eventually they learned to embrace Paul as a fellow Christian and friend.

We need to remember The Lord can change people. God can change a thief and give them a heart of gold. The Lord can change someone in the adult business and make them a minister who helps those trapped where they use to be. The Lord can even soften the heart of a murderer and make them truly repentant for what they have done. God has the power to change people and make them different.

The next time you meet an unlovable person try to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. Share about God�s love for them. Share how God wants to give them a new life.