THE STONING OF STEPHEN
>Ac 7:54When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
>Ac 7:55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
>Ac 7:56“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
>Ac 7:57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
>Ac 7:58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
>Ac 7:59While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
>Ac 7:60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
>Ac 8:1And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.
God tells us too pray for our enemies and to bless those who curse us…Stephen prayed for those who murdered him, asking God to not hold the sin against them. The grace –filled words he prayed cause me to reflect in silence. Let us ask God whom we should pray for today, this moment.
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her recently founded Share & Company Publishing House http://seymourkristina.wix.