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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, November 13, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
As Stephen died, he spoke words very similar to Jesus’ words on the cross. The early believers were glad to suffer as Jesus had suffered because that meant they were counted worthy. Stephen was ready to suffer like Jesus, even to the point of asking forgiveness for his murderers. Such a forgiving response comes only from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit can help us respond with love for our enemies, as Stephen did. How would you react if someone hurt you because of what you believed? (NLT)
Acts 7:55-60 – But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
Then they put their hands over their ears, and drowning out his voice with their shouts, they rushed at him. They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. The official witnesses took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.
And as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And he fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” and with that, he died.
Margaret McMillin (Texas) titled her story “THE STONING OF STEPHEN;” here is a portion of Margaret’s story:
“. . . When I see and hear of all the evil in the world, I wonder, Do I pray only for the victims or should I pray for the people responsible for the evil?
“Stephen’s story reminds us to pray not only for strength and hope for the victims but also for mercy for those responsible for the evil. God sent Jesus to redeem the soul of everyone, so we can pray for each person as a precious creation of God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I can pray for someone who has hurt me.
Prayer: Dear God, fill me with compassion to pray for those who would do me harm. Amen.
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