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Jesus Changes Everything

Wednesday, March 15

Jesus Changes Everything
By: Melissa Beauvais

You may have heard of the man named Saul who encountered the Living God one day on a Damascus road. The man who had previously persecuted and condemned those who followed Jesus’s ways and teachings had a divine interruption from Jesus Himself.  Jesus changes everything.

You see, Acts 8:1-3 tells of the man named Saul, and how he initiated a “great persecution” against the church (8v1). He ravaged those who followed the Way and literally dragged men and women from their homes to be jailed (8v3). He approved the executions of those who followed Jesus (8v1).  Saul was self-righteous, ignorant, a blasphemer and an unbeliever ( 1 Tim. 1:11).  And yet, Jesus chose him. Jesus changes everything.

The Holy Spirit commissioned Saul to preach to the Gentiles. Saul, who later renamed himself Paul, wrote of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) because he lived it out and experienced it. By the power of the Holy Spirit that was given to Paul, all the anger, ravaging ways, were transformed. Paul understood love, what it means to be loved, and how to love others, in a profound new way. He became less, and Jesus became more. Because Jesus changes everything.

Has Jesus radically changed your life? In what ways? Have you seen the anger once so prevalent in your life be changed to love? If so, keep going. Keep seeking Jesus and the dwelling of Holy Spirit to live out each day in His ways. If not, keep seeking. Seek God and ask Him to make new what is ravaging inside your soul. Because Jesus changes everything.

“and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:14-16)

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