When he is confronted by the religious leaders, Stephen summarizes the history of Israel, from Abraham and Moses to David and Solomon. Stephen emphasized how all of them were met with resistance from the leaders of their day, and compared the failure of those leaders to the failure of the very leaders who were confronting him. They respond with aggression and violence, resulting in Stephen’s death.
When you are faced with your own failures, how do you respond? When someone points out your flaws, your mistakes, your shortcomings, do you get angry? Do your defenses activate with aggression? Or are you contrite? Are you able to accept that you are not perfect?
1 John 1:8-9 “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins”
We don’t need to defend ourselves. We don’t need to hide in the darkness and attack anyone who dares to bring us out into the light. God has already taken care of it. He knows every failure, mistake, and shortcoming we have. And His response to all of those things is to love us and forgive us through Jesus!