As a young man, the apostle Paul opposed Jesus and His followers with a vengeful spirit. He “made havoc of the church, entering every house and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts8:3). But one day, he encountered the risen Christ and His life became a different story (9:1-16).

In a letter to Timothy, his son in the faith, Paul described that life changing event by saying, even though he was “a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man…the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus”.

Jesus was born into our world and gave His life so that we can be forgiven and transformed through faith in Him. This is the heart of Christmas.

A change in behaviour begins with Jesus changing our heart.