Saul of Tarsus was a bystander at an atrocity; an approving bystander. When the Pharisees stoned Stephen to death, Saul held their cloaks and cheered them on. “Way to go, kill the infidel.”
You may know Saul as Paul the Apsotle, his name after God knocked him off his horse on the way to Damascus to get some more infidels; i.e.the Christians.
His story is in the Book of Acts. So how did this self-righteous, arrogant man turn into the Apostle of Love? It wasn’t instantaneous. Though he was instantly converted, he was, as are we all, “still more like he used to be than how he was going to to be.” He was still kind of driven and confrontational at times. As Paul traveled about, he was beaten, imprisoned, attacked by a mob and shipwrecked-and yet he pressed on. In the end, he said, “I have learned, in whatever state I find myself, therewith to be content.”
That’s a pretty good thing to learn. Paul wrote this-and this is a pretty good thing to learn, too.