Outside the Norm
Acts 6:1-15; 7:51-60 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution...
think about it.
What are Stephen's credentials (6:5)? How do you pray about those who injure or wrong you?
Stephen gives us quite the example in Acts 7:51-60. As he's being stoned to death, his last words are a prayer in which he asks the Lord to not hold his killers' sin against them. Wow. Not what you'd expect.
Asking the Lord to forgive someone who's wronged us and not hold their sin against them is probably not the norm for most of us. It's definitely not something I regularly practice. Most of time I'm just working on me forgiving the person and I don't think about or get around to asking God to forgive them. So I guess I (we) have some work to do.
So what's it going to take for us to ask God to forgive someone who has hurt us? Any thoughts on making this a regular practice going forward? Tami W.
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