“Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night, I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.” Romans 1:8-9
We need to realize that this was the Paul that was once Saul. This is the same man that was killing all Christians, because he felt that Jesus was not the true Messiah. Now he is thanking God for all of the disciples in Rome. He is praying for all of the people at Rome, because he loves them all. This is not normal; this is the power of God changing lives. It is amazing how God can change a life. We see so many changed lives as we read the Bible. Peter is one of the people in the Bible that I can relate to. Here we have a man that had been a follower of Jesus for three years. He even walked on the water, but he got his eyes off Jesus and started to sink. Then when the going got rough as Jesus was arrested, Peter denied Jesus, not once, but three times. Then when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, he peached to a crowd and three thousand were saved. One of the other people in the Bible that God changed his life was Jonah. The reason I like his story is because I am a Jonah. Jonah did not like the job that God called him to do. So he ran as fast as he could in the opposite direction, but God has a way of changing your mind. This is my story. It might be your story also. God changed my life even when I did not want to change and obey God, but as I look back on my life, I praise God for how he changed my life. This is Paul, God changed his life and now he loves and prays for the people.
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:11-12)