St. Stephen, Martyr

In Acts of the Apostles, we read about St. Stephen preaching the Gospel, and how he angered the people who did not want to hear truth. When they raised up against him, he lovingly accepted their response. He lovingly submitted himself to death. He trusted in God.

This ability to forgive others so quickly, even in the act of violence against oneself, is something that is rarely seen. Our world is full of anger, and being able to forgive others quickly is a trait that is desperately needed. I know that when I started practicing this trait while driving, I started realizing how much more peace I have when I quickly forgive others who drive in a way that I feel puts me at risk. The Holy Spirit has encouraged me to recognize that I have probably done similar things to other drivers over the years. This has helped me to have even greater compassion for those driving around me. 

We likewise need to see more forgiveness internally. Many of us have done things that we are not proud of. We have done things that we regret. It is easy to hold these things internally, but we need to forgive ourselves. We need to recognize that God forgives us. If he can, then we need to be able to do so as well.

Spend some time with the Holy Spirit today pondering your own relationships. Are you holding grudges against those who have not treated you with respect and dignity? Are you angry with yourself for something that you did or should have done? Do you have anger in your heart? If you find that you do, ask the Holy Spirit to enter into this emotion. Ask him to help you find peace and forgiveness for the situation that comes to mind. If you find yourself unable, even though you desire it, ask the Holy Spirit to continue helping you until you are able to do so.

In Him,

dw

Author: dweldon8

I am a middle-aged, retired real estate lawyer seeking more out of life. It is my heart-felt belief that it is only in knowing God, and loving him more deeply that humanity can truly find happiness. This blog reflects my thoughts on what this knowing and loving should be, and how to cultivate this relationship.

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