Morning Message of Motivation
Unusual Mercies of God 2
By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
God’s mercy shown towards Apostle Paul was unusual in the sheer magnitude of the mercy, and also the uncommon execution.
Paul previously known as Saul, had committed some truly abominable sins.
Acts 26:10 NKJV
“This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.”
Saul’s extreme sins.
He imprisoned many Believers.
He added his voice to call for many Believers to be killed.
During religious trials he voted for the death penalty to be imposed on Believers.
Saul tortured Believers to force them to blaspheme and deny their faith.
Saul chased Believers who fled from Jerusalem into foreign lands where they had taken refuge.
Acts 8:3 NKJV
“As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.”
He caused so much damage that some Believers were not ready to even pray for him.
After Saul’s conversion, Jesus Christ appeared to a disciple named Ananias and asked him to go and pray for Saul.
Acts 9:11 NKJV
“So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.”
Ananias protested vehemently, because he had heard of Saul’s terrible sinful acts against the church.
Acts 9:13 NKJV
“Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.”
The mercy of God reached a man like Saul, even though his fellow human beings couldn’t forgive him.
Jesus had to sternly correct Ananias before he finally agreed to go and pray for Saul.
May the unusual mercies of God be poured on your life.
May God give you the things that men cannot give to you, in Jesus’ name.