Have you encountered Jesus in your life? I sure have!

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It was, after all, an encounter with the risen Jesus that makes it all happen for Paul, with the Confession of St. Peter, it was not Peter, but his confession of Jesus that was the Rock, the anchor for the foundation of the Church. So it is not Paul, but Jesus who has the vision and shares that vision of what the Church and its mission might be.


The extraordinary thing that we learn about God, in Jesus, is that forgiveness and conversion are possible at all. Acts (and we must admit that Luke may exaggerate for the sake of the story) portrays Paul as the greatest enemy of the earliest followers of “The Way.” But rather than smite him, or demonize him, Jesus instead takes Paul's gifts of zeal and persuasion, and puts them to work for the Gospel.

An encounter with the risen Lord can do that for a person. There have been countless stories over the years that proclaim this basic principle. The hymn, “Amazing Grace,” sings it not only as Paul's song, but also as ours.
The first good news in this story is that God doesn't give up on Paul, nor does God give up on us. Even when we are at enmity with God, God loves us and claims us. And since God does not separate us into “good” people and “evil” people, we no longer have to do that with each other.


We need not justify our actions by pointing at others and proclaiming how bad they are, quite simply because God does not!

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Conversion happens. Turnarounds happen. But they don't happen because I make them happen in myself. They happen because I am grasped, grasped by the bottom of my seat. I am in the middle of HIS miracles, time after time after time, in an encounter with the risen Christ.
Such is the wonder of our God.

Until next Monday...spread the word
Monika
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Comments (15)

On October 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Praise God he changes lives - including mine :)

 
On October 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM , ZudaGay said...

Amen! I am so thankful that He is changing me everyday!

 
On October 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Tricia said...

Thank God He changes us thru the Rock! Awesome post Monika!

 
On October 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Amen!! Beautiful message.

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On October 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM , BonJeanCreations said...

Thanks Monika and most of all Thanks God for not giving up on us. Thank you Jesus for a love that is beyond our comprehension.

 
On October 18, 2011 at 6:07 PM , sammysgrammy said...

He is the ultimate Fisherman. He "catches" His fish.................and then He cleans them. Not the other way around. He loved us while we were yet sinners.........but doesn't leave us that way.

Bless God, He's forming Jesus in us !!!!!

Thank you Monika, for reminding us

 
On October 18, 2011 at 8:33 PM , (Ri)Charmed said...

Lately there's an issue I've been dealing with and praying about and this afternoon I picked up an out of date magazine that I just wanted to flip through before I tossed. The very first article was about this issue I'm dealing with. To me, that's a God encounter! I don't think they always have to be epic Damascus road moments.

 
On October 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM , pfd said...

Thank you Monika for this article. I have had some really sweet encounters with God recently. What a great blessing!

 
On October 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

No one is beyond the healing life changing touch of Christ -

 
On October 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM , Lizzi said...

Beautiful well-thought-out post.

 
On October 19, 2011 at 6:48 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Thanks Monika

 
On October 19, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Sharon Fisher-England said...

Amen! He is awesome in His love for us!!

 
On October 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM , krafterskorner said...

Thanks for the reminder!

 
On October 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Julia Badgley said...

I enjoyed that. Thanks, Monika!

 
On October 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM , myeuropeantouch said...

You are all very welcome, I am sure...it is God who inspires every one of us....♥