Scripture Reading: Act 7:60 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.
Reflections: Stephen kept looking up while the people stoned him. His focus was on God and not on them. God responded by opening up the heavens. He beheld Jesus Christ and the glory that surrounded the throne. With joy, he requested that his haters be forgiven for their actions and then gave up the ghost. Forgiveness is a key virtue expected of anyone who claims divine citizenship (Matthew 5:23-24, 6:12). Forgiveness is when you have been offended by somebody and you let go of the effects and impact of the offense on you while at the same time you release the offender from the grip of your heart without any claims for compensation. In life, what you gaze on in times of going through unfavorable treatment by people, will determine your response to forgiveness. When you ‘look up’, your reaction is bound to be heaven led which will engender a heart of forgiveness towards them. When you ‘look at them‘ and what they do against you, you are sure to be driven by bitterness and the spirit of retaliation. Like Stephen, learn to look up and don’t look at them!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to look up to you and not at them. Give me the heart to forgive.
Confession: I always look up to God. I don’t look at them. I forgive my trespassers.