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Forgiveness as an Expression of Love – Acts 7:60

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. – Acts 7:60 NIV When someone wrongs me, I am instructed to forgive them. Forgiveness is important for my own spiritual health and relationship with God. So I find it interesting here, as well as Jesus example on the cross, that Stephen was not forgiving those who stoned him; he was asking God to forgive them. Ultimately their sin is against God (Psalm 51:4) and it is to him that Stephen’s accusers and executioners will …

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Love Your Enemies – Luke 6:27-36

I generally enjoy reading the scriptures and find inspiration, and challenge, within its words.  But occasionally there are times when Jesus has something to say to me that I really do not want to hear.  This morning, for instance, while reading through Luke I ran across the following. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt …

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