Acts 7:55-60 NKJV But he, (Stephen), being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
I want to be so close to the Lord, so full of love and compassion that at the end of my life when I see the Lord and when, or if, I am faced with any persecution or unfair treatment, I, along with Stephen, want to say, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”
How many of us want God to intervene and punish our wrong-doers? When what we need to do is pray for the Lord to have mercy on them. They are people that the Lord loves and gave His life for, how are we to judge anyone? We must be merciful (Luke 6:36-38).
Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit (7:55) and the words that he spoke were words from God. The very last verse (15) in the previous chapter 6 states: And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. They were not condemning Stephen, they were condemning God and God will judge all men at His appointed time. The Bible doesn’t say how many people sitting there were convicted of their sins. God knows. Peter knew his job was to love and have mercy. On his last breath, while being stoned to death, he had compassionate mercy. We really need to get to that point.
Please soften our hearts. May we, along with Peter, be full of Your Spirit so that our cry for wrongdoers would be Your mercy on them. People can be mean and wound us with their words and we ask that we would be able to forgive immediately just like Jesus did on the cross, when He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This is a gift that comes from You. You are what mercy, grace and love is. We want to exemplify Your qualities in this world. Along with the song we cry, ‘Show me how to love the unlovable, Show me how to reach the unreachable, Help me now to do the impossible.’ Help us to be Your children in word and in deed (Colossians 3:17). Pour Your power on us so that we can be bright ambassadors of Yours (2 Corinthians 5:20). In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, including how you can be saved, please read the following blog titled, You Never Let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/