Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
"I went so far as to persecuting [the holy ones] even in outside cities." (Acts 26:11)
Before becoming a Christian, Saul had little concern for people outside of Judaism. (Acts 26:4, 5) The inspired account relates: “Saul . . . began to deal outrageously with the congregation. Invading one house after another and, dragging out both men and women, he would turn them over to prison.” (Acts 8:3) When the Lord Jesus appeared to him, Saul was on his way to Damascus to harass Christ’s disciples there. The supernatural brilliance of the Son of God left Saul blind and dependent on others. By the time that Jehovah used Ananias to restore Saul’s sight, Saul’s attitude toward people had changed forever. (Acts 9:1-30) Upon becoming a follower of Christ, he worked hard to deal with all people as Jesus did. This meant putting off violence and being “peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17-21.
(Watchtower issue: 05/15/08, 5:8, 9)