Tag: Genesis 50:16-17

Forgiving persecutors!

Scripture reading for May 13th:  Acts 7

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 7:59-60- 8:1  “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  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.  And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.”  

Stephen preached the Gospel to those who had crucified Jesus.  At the end of his message, they were under strong conviction but instead of repenting and believing, they chose to stone the messenger!  Stephen committed his spirit to the Lord Jesus and then prayed for those who were stoning him, asking the Lord to forgive them!  What grace and courage from this first martyr!  Notice it says that Stephen ‘fell asleep’!  This was after he saw heaven opened and Jesus standing to receive him!  (Acts 50:55-56)  God answered this prayer by later touching Saul and bringing him to repentance and forgiveness and making him into the mighty Apostle Paul!

Observations for over-comers:  Our acts of grace and forgiveness show the heart of Jesus towards the lost and open the door for God to work in and through their lives.   “So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died;  ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph:  I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’  “Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.”  (Genesis 50:16-17)

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