Evil can never separate us from God

In Christianity’s early days, one of the budding movement’s most spiritually minded men was murdered. Rage motivated the actions of a mob, and for a moment evil seemed to have triumphed over good—presenting the very inverse of Christianity’s message to the world.

Yet, something that underscored that message occurred right where evil appeared to have prevailed. Stephen lived the Christian love he had preached. His final words, infinitely gracious, were a prayer for his persecutors—spoken in a loud voice so that they’d hear—“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge” (Acts 7:60).

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