Scripture: Acts 7:  Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Observation: This was Stephen speaking, one of my favorite disciples. I wish I can stand boldly in adversity and tell the truth about Jesus no matter what. After telling the truth and accusing them of being like their ancestors, they began to stone him, yet with the love and power of the Holy Spirit he asked God to forgive them. That wouldn’t be me, I would have asked God to destroy them.
Application: I need to have a more forgiving and loving spirit. My first reaction when I have been wronged is revenge and it needs to be love. The life I led was dishonoring to God and I deserved to burn in Hell, but because of Jesus forgiving ways I have a new home for all of eternity.
Prayer: Dear Lord give me the heart of Stephen, bold to spread the gospel, with a forgiving heart.