When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 7:54-60, NIV
How have you been impacted by forgiveness in your past?
What obstacles exist in the way of forgiveness?
What needs to happen to actually forgive someone?
Is there someone you need to forgive?
How do you feel about death? (Fear? Unknown? Indifferent? Confident?)
Have you ever known someone to approach death with confidence and beauty? What did that look like?
How can you live a life to the point of approaching death like Stephen?