In Acts 9:26-31, we see how the “church” originally reacted to Paul after his conversion. In this passage, he hasn’t yet taken the name of Paul (the first time Saul is called Paul is found in Acts 13:9, which shows us that Saul took upon himself the name of his first convert Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)). The Disciples were afraid of Paul at the first and did not believe that he was a fellow believer. They were ready to discount Paul because of his past. They were all too eager to hold his past sins against him while at the same time enjoying forgiveness for their own Sin. We as Christians are called to ” be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Are you helping to restore others to the LORD or are you in the business of destroying those who need our help the most?