What did Stephen say in the very moments in which he was being killed (by stoning) for his faith? Let’s listen in to Acts 7:60:
“Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’”
Picture the scene. While he was being pelted with stones by grown men, what was coming out of his mouth while his own shattered teeth were going in? Words of forgiveness!
If any of this sounds familiar it’s because it resembles Jesus’ own example on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Both of them absorbed hate and radiated love.
When we see the profound example of other faithful people, it can inspire us. It’s one thing to be loving when everything is smooth sailing, it’s another to be loving when you’re being pelted with rocks or having nails driven through your hands.
How did Stephen do it? His desire to serve the living God was even greater than his desire to live. His love for God was greater than his fear of anything else.
Be inspired by those who paid the ultimate price, reminding us how valuable God’s gift truly is.
Show the love of Christ no matter what.
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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.