I love Paul and I love how God chose to use him in spite of his past. It gives hope that no matter what you've done or where you've been, the Father is there waiting to restore you back and show you love and mercy. Paul had an encounter with God that changed his life. To go from persecuting Christians to becoming one of the greatest followers of Jesus and leaders of his time was nothing short of a miracle.
My personal experience- knowing Jesus and experiencing his love has changed me forever. For those who have known me all of life, they would agree. Once I encountered him, nothing in this world brought the satisfaction he brought me.
Have you encountered Him? If so, you will never be the same and people will notice it too. The greatest thing they will see and notice is love.. A love that flows from the Father through you.. Jesus said, they will know you are my disciples by your love for one another.
Paul's words were powerful in 1 Timothy- But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.