4/20/13 Daily Devotion

Acts 8:22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.

While in Samaria, Simon the sorcerer had dazzled the crowds with his magical abilities. He boasted amongst them of his greatness and walked in surety of this fact until he observed Peter and John. The Spirit of God had not yet come upon the people in Samaria, thus the reasoning behind the presence of Peter and John. Peter and John arrived and began to pray for the unleashing of God’s Spirit upon His people. They prayed diligently, then placed their hands upon them, and the Spirit’s presence was invoked within the believers. Simon the sorcerer noticed what had happened and desired to have this ability himself, for he knew it could make him even greater, even if it was just in his own mind. Simon offered Peter and John a monetary reward if they could give him the ability to do the same. Many of us would have chastised Simon and walked away. Still many others would have given him the look and walked away without even a single utterance. What we should do is what Peter and John did: tell them to seek forgiveness. We have a tendency to lean towards revenge or retaliation when we should see that there is something greater at stake, eternity. Let us then choose to become guides towards forgiveness, not stumbling blocks towards Christianity.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become a guide to forgiveness and not a stumbling block to Christianity.

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