Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
February 28 Scripture Selection: Acts 7:37-60
Food for Thought: Acts 7:60
There is a severe consequence that is put in motion when someone harms a child of God. It is found in the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 when He said, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.” (Remember, His covenants continue for a thousand generations and are still in effect today, and Abraham is our “father” as we were engrafted into the same tree by faith in Jesus (Ps. 105:8, Gal. 3:7).) Examples of interceding for people, in addition to that of Stephen, include Job for his “friends” who were useless to him in his time of most need (Job 42:8); Moses who interceded for his brother and sister after they attempted to usurp his authority (Numbers 12:1-13); and, of course, Jesus Christ Himself when on the cross (Luke 23:34) . It was necessary for Him to intercede specifically for those who were responsible for His crucifixion, or they would have been left out of the opportunity to receive Life through Jesus.
Plenty of other examples can be found in the Word, and, interestingly enough, the Apostle Paul on occasions, did intercede, and then on one occasion, notably did not. In II Tim. 4:14-16, Paul expects the Lord to “reward” Alexander the coppersmith according to his works of much evil that he did against Paul. Just a couple of verses later, he prays that God not lay to the charge of his co-laborers the fact that they had abandoned him when things got tough.
There is something very important about not only forgiving someone for a harm done, but also interceding for him. In order to intercede for someone, you must first have forgiven him in your heart. Most of us can get to the point of forgiving someone, but love may compel us to go a step further, following the example of our predecessors, and intercede for that person.
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