Before the conversion of Paul, he was a well-known persecutor of the Christians, even murdering some. After seeing the light, he went on to become one of the most famous of the followers of the Christ. In Acts 28:4-6, it reads, “When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, ‘Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.’ However, he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.”
That could not have been possible, I feel, had Paul been weighed down with guilt from his past, but through God’s forgiveness as well as his own and releasing all self-condemnation, he was able to become a great Christian and perform great things. I am reminded that in order to touch the hem of Christ’s robe, I have to be on my knees. Releasing the past completely, the future looks so promising.