THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died.
Everyone who heard about it was terrified. v.5
Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. v.10
Acts 5:5, 10 (NLT)
THE DISCIPLINE OF DISCIPLESHIP
Mrs. Smart was fumbling in her purse for her offering when a large television remote fell out and clattered into the aisle. The curious usher bent over to retrieve it for her and whispered, “Do you always carry your TV remote to church?” “No,” she replied, “but my husband refused to come with me this morning, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.”
Some read the account of Ananias and Sapphira being struck down and accuse God of being harsh. “I thought God was supposed to be loving and forgiving. I thought all that wrath stuff was for Old Testament times.” With an emphasis on grace and mercy, it’s easy to overlook the equally important truth of God’s holiness. We must remember that God has not changed (Malachi 3:6). He still hates sin as much as he ever did. And he is especially offended when his own people cut moral corners and try to hide behind the cloak of forgiveness. Thus, sinning Christians were removed from fellowship in order to preserve the purity of the church. (Life Application Bible Commentary – Acts)
George Barkman gives 5 Reasons for discipline in the church:
- Purity = remove contamination and destructiveness from unconfessed sin.
- Perspective = Bring everybody back into the right perspective.
- Preventive measure = keeps others from sinning.
- Perception of the world = Testimony of the church to the outside world.
- Power for the church to continue to grow and prosper.
Sin is so serious Jesus died because of it. Thank God for loving you enough to discipline you when you are headed toward sinful and destructive choices.