Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Family Devotion - Paul's Conversion

Scripture Reading - Acts 9:1-6

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Thought of the Day
There are times when we think we know more than everyone else. We even think we know better than God sometimes. Sometimes when we are sure that we are right and everyone else is wrong, and we can’t imagine why anyone disagrees with us. This thinking can be dangerous. Before Paul (then known as Saul) knew Jesus and believed in him, he was one of the people searching for Christians to kill them because he believed that he was right. He was so sure of it that he was willing to kill to prove it. But we know that he was wrong, and Jesus did too. But instead of punishing Paul, Jesus appeared to him and showed him the right way. Jesus forgave Paul and Paul became one of the biggest spreaders of Christianity ever.

Discussion questions
1. It is important to remember sometimes we can be wrong even though we think we are right. Can you think of a time when that happened?

2. Jesus gave Paul another chance. What should we do when we know that someone else is doing something wrong?

3. It is nice to know that it is never too late to change your way and follow God. Name a time when you were going to do something wrong but didn’t instead.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for second chances. Thank you for helping to change our minds to what is right. Please continue to guide us and keep us on the correct path. AMEN.

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