Step 6: We are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character.
This pharisaical cloak we wear does not come off very easily. Righteousness for the Pharisees was a system, not an inner reality. It was a manipulation of the law that awarded them technical righteousness, albeit through a cold heart. John 15:13; Rom 10:1-4; 13:10; Matt 22:35-40
Paul typified a new humility forced upon someone by the truth. When anyone has an encounter with God, the end result will be a new empowerment to do God’s will, but that comes only through the realization that you have not been doing God’s will heretofore. You have actually been working against Him. It would take a complete reeducation of Saul to adjust to God’s way. Acts 23:6; 9:1-20; 26:9-19; Gal 1:17; 2:1; Luke 22:32; Psa 51:12-19;
Leaders have a hard time being led. Leaders have to become students. Guides must learn to follow. The implication is that suffering will smooth the sharp edges; it will turn Saul into a compassionate Paul. We need to accept that there are some weaknesses God leaves as a reminder, lest the pride return and we think that by our own righteousness we have gotten our victories. Matt 15:14; 2 Cor 12:1-11;
Why did Paul have such distaste for his roots and zeal? It must be that he hated the role they played in his life. He did not hate their value, but he hated how he used them. Every recovering Pharisee should make a list of human assets that, like Paul’s list, keep them from knowing Christ. These are the natural things we trust in. Psa 9:10; Isa 30:1-3; Phil 3:3-9;