Spirit Life: Stand by Me
The religious leaders did not understand that Stephen’s words were truth, because they were not seeking the truth. They only wanted support for their own views. When Stephen died, he repeated what Jesus had said as he died on the cross (Luke 23:24). 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 as Stephen did and love our enemies.