Trivium Pursuit

Practice Maintaining the Face of an Angel

Stephen Accused of Blasphemy — 8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. 13 They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. –Acts 6:8-15

Notes from The MacArthur Study Bible:

Acts 6:15 face of an angel. Pure, calm, unruffled composure, reflecting the presence of God.

Pure, calm, unruffled composure, reflecting the presence of God. Right now, I’d like you to put this face on — pure, calm, unruffled composure, reflecting the presence of God. Look at yourself in the mirror and remember this pose. Next time something happens that irritates you, put that face on. Practice this pose. Use it often. The more you practice, the easier it gets. In fact, it will become so easy that as you put on this pose, your mind will even become pure, calm, and unruffled. It will become automatic.

What would this world be like if we all did this.

Angels venerating the Madonna Giotto
Angels Venerating the Madonna by Giotto di Bondone

Guido Reni Angel of the Annunciation
Angel of the Annunciation by Giotto di Bondone

Leonardo da Vinci detail from Madonna of the Rocks
Madonna of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci

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One Response to “Practice Maintaining the Face of an Angel”

  1. Patti Christianson Says:

    This will take some practice! Thank you for the challenge!

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