Luke 23:32-38 (34) – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (NLT)

The natural human heart is like that of the Sanhedrin that Stephen addressed in Acts 7:51-53. He said: “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit?” (v. 51). Truly, a mind that lacks divine presence is full of dirt, addictions, negative mentality and blasphemy against God. This is why many cannot retain Christ’s knowledge and are engrossed in unnecessary battles of life (Romans 1:28).

When our Lord Jesus was to be crucified in our Bible reading, the rulers and the soldiers mocked Him. Before this time, He was cornered and tested several times by the Pharisees, yet what came out of Christ was love. This set of people were part of those that Stephen spoke to in verse 52 of Acts 7. He asked: “Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him—”

Beloved, whatever actions you engage in that negates Christ’s standards places you directly in opposition to the gospel. Repent today (Matthew 12:30). When the world lets their frustration on you because of your faith, remain calm and think of what Jesus would do. Nobody can insult you without your permission—it is what you allow into your heart that dictates your output. Don’t join the insensitive generation to gamble with the victory of the Cross. Allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and direct your thoughts not to dishonour God.


Hymn: More About Jesus – Eliza E. Hewitt (1887)

1. I repent of any sin and heresy against God and His principles.

2. Father, help me to understand the privilege I have as Your child.


1. Holy Spirit, rest upon me afresh like the day of Pentecost.

2. Spend time to pray in the Holy Ghost. Insist in the place of prayer. You shall prevail.


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