For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.
— Romans 3:23-24

Paul, the writer of the letter to the church in Rome, was a massive hater towards the early
church. He hated the early church so much that he had many of the members arrested and held
the coats of the people while they stoned a Christian. The book of Acts even states, “Saul was
still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples”
 (Acts Chapter 9, v. 1). For just a second think about that verse: Paul did not just dislike Christians, but he hated them with a passion. A passion that caused him to want Christians to be eradicated. However, Paul’s life was turned upside down when he was blinded by Jesus and he completely changed his life. (That story can be found in Acts chapter 9).

After Paul turned his life around, most Christians were suspicious of him because they all
previously knew him as Saul, the Christian persecutor. Definitely a hard reputation to overcome. Paul had absolutely fallen short of the glory of God, but he was forgiven once he realized what he was doing was wrong and gave his life to Jesus. Not only did he turn his life around, and became a Christian, but he also travelled around the globe and started many churches and  wrote letters to them instructing them how to behave according to Christ. Paul was hated upon by many of his former colleagues because of this change in faith, and many people had even tried to assassinate him. Paul was arrested and jailed because of the haters in his life. He even died for his belief in Jesus.

So, you might be thinking that this is a cool story and all but how does it apply to
me? The answer is many of our lives are similar to Paul’s. Many of us are haters toward people,
and many of us turn our lives around at some point and are hated for either our belief in
something or how we act. Thankfully, God sent Jesus to die on the cross and save us from our
sin; so, when we sin we are doomed, but can be reconciled through our faith in Jesus.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross and save me from
my sin. I also thank you for the fact that I can be reconciled through my faith in Jesus for any
times I’ve been a hater towards other in my past. I pray you keep me on the right path and help
to remind me that anyone I am about to hate on is someone you died to save. Amen.