"Glory in tribulations"

Paul, the great Christian Apostle, was in his younger days a persecutor of Christians. Then called Saul, he made an expedition to Damascus to ferret out and capture any followers of what he considered a danger to the established religion.

We read in Acts that "suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven." Acts 9:3; He fell to the ground and heard the voice of Christ, or Truth. Temporarily sightless, he was soon healed, and was then guided into a mission the very opposite of his intended cruel pursuit. He took the new name of Paul, and accepted a new work—preaching Christ and healing through the understanding of God's power and love.

Many years later, having suffered much in his righteous work, he wrote to the Romans: "We glory in tribulations...: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Rom. 5:3-5;

Living Now
November 20, 1971

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