Forgiveness: Lessons From Stephen

What happens when we yield to the HolySpirit daily and live eternity-conscious? Forgiving others becomes easy. Let’s examine Acts 7:54-60 (KJV)

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Stephen caught a glimpse of heaven by the power of the Holyspirit. It empowered him to forgive those who were hurting him for speaking the truth. As we yield to the HolySpirit daily, we become eternity-conscious. The revelation that heaven truly exists– that there is a life to look forward to after death empowers us to forgive.

We must not forget that our ability to receive forgiveness from God is dependent on our ability to extend forgiveness to others (Matthew 6:12-14). I don’t want to block my access to God’s mercy.

Reflection: What will happen if I die this moment with an unforgiving heart? Am I willing to lose eternal life due to an unforgiving heart?

Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.

Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen

Welcome to God’s family!

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Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.

As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.

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