FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness includes much more than appears on the surface. Its effect on the one who expresses it and on those who witness it in the affairs of mankind sometimes seems revolutionary.

In the case of Christ Jesus on the cross, perhaps it could be said that his forgiveness of his persecutors, expressed in his words (Luke 23:34), "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," aided him in attaining resurrection from the tomb. So also Stephen's words (Acts 7:60), "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge," may have had a profound effect on Saul and may have been one of the main factors that changed his thinking form hate and persecution to devoted obedience to Christ.

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