Read: Acts 6-7
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

From the cross Jesus pleaded “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” a sure sign of his depth of faithfulness in practicing a life of forgiveness. 
This depth of faithfulness then is mirrored in Stephen who cries out “Father do not hold this against them” as he is being killed.
We read about these extreme examples of faithful forgiving and yet many of us have not had the opportunity to practice them.
But it is not only in life or death situations when we find opportunities to practice forgiveness.
When we don’t forgive we allow the anger and hurt and hatred to built up so that, without a second thought, we find ourselves hurling the stones right back at the one who has injured us.
Forgiveness is the pathway to peace.

Prayer: Holy God, may the words of scripture be a song that sings throughout my day.  May your love and compassion be the source of courage I need to face those who seek to harm, tear down, and destroy.  Amen.


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