May 14: Acts 7:55-60 (Forgiveness)
Stephen’s stoning, vision, and act of forgiveness.
As with Peter in Acts 2, Stephen is emboldened to speak radical truth by the Holy Spirit. More profoundly, the Spirit grants him the courage to face martyrdom with forgiveness on his lips. Love towards our enemies and forgiveness are not natural acts. The Holy Spirit works in us to set us free from hatred and vengefulness.