Like Christ crying out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Stephen asks God to not hold the sin of him being stoned against those stoning him. Many people have been and still are being persecuted for their belief in God and salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those that have endured have also shown great faith in their beliefs. Loving God and loving others so that all people may be able to come to God is worth the pain, even death.
1. Have you heard other stories of martyrs? What do these stories make you think or feel about your faith?
2. Have you experienced persecution due to your faith, and if so, how?
Challenge: Pray for believers everywhere who are being persecuted that they might be able to endure and continue to share their faith with those around them either through word or deed.
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