II Peter 3:18

Acts 7:59-60

Stephen, at the end if his life’s journey, offered grace to the people that surrounded him.

The people weren’t fellow Christians. They weren’t offering him kind words. Or comforting him in his last moments.

They were his attackers. The very ones that stoned him to death.

And yet he was gracious toward them. Praying for them. Having compassion on their souls.

As Christians we are told to not only grow in the knowledge of our Lord but also to grow in grace.

The level of grace you offer people is an indicator of your maturity in The Lord.

Stephen had reached a maturity level second only to Jesus’.

Don’t balk at opportunities to be gracious to others. Instead view the trials of your life as an opportunity to grow in our Lord.

Offer grace where it isn’t deserved.