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There is no Ananias without a Sapphira

 

SERIES – Growing Healthy Relationships

 

Relationship building is the art of finding out whose RIGHT for you and whose WRONG for you.

 

If people are right for you, HOLD on. If they’re wrong for you, move on.

 

Acts 5:1-11 GNV

1       But there was a man named Ananias, who with his wife Sapphira sold some property that belonged to them.

2       But with his wife’s agreement he kept part of the money for himself and turned the rest over to the apostles.

3       Peter said to him, “Ananias, why did you let Satan take control of you and make you lie to the Holy Spirit by keeping part of the money you received for the property?

4       Before you sold the property, it belonged to you; and after you sold it, the money was yours. Why, then, did you decide to do such a thing? You have not lied to people—you have lied to God!”

5       As soon as Ananias heard this, he fell down dead; and all who heard about it were terrified.

6       The young men came in, wrapped up his body, carried him out, and buried him.

7       About three hours later his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.

8       Peter asked her, “Tell me, was this the full amount you and your husband received for your property?” “Yes,” she answered, “the full amount.”

9       So Peter said to her, “Why did you and your husband decide to put the Lord’s Spirit to the test? The men who buried your husband are at the door right now, and they will carry you out too!”

10     At once she fell down at his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

11     The whole church and all the others who heard of this were terrified.

 

Acts 2:45 GNV

They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed.

 

Acts 4:32-37 GNV

32     The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had.

33     With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all.

34     There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale,

35     and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed according to the needs of the people.

36     And so it was that Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “One who Encourages”),

37     sold a field he owned, brought the money, and turned it over to the apostles.

 

Luke 3:5, 10-11 GNV

5       Every valley must be filled up, every hill and mountain leveled off. The winding roads must be made straight, and the rough paths made smooth.

10     The people asked him, “What are we to do, then?”

11     He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it.”

 

Giving encourages GIVING.

 

Motive determines MORALITY.

 

The last temptation is the greatest TREASON: to do the right deed for the wrong REASON. – T. S. Eliot

 

A hypocrite is someone who never intends to be what he PRETENDS TO BE.

 

We get judged as a:

  • SINNER
  • SERVANT
  • SAINT

 

Ananias CONCEIVED of evil – Sapphira CONSENTED to evil

 

The sin of commission is MISDEEDS

The sin of omission is MISSED DEEDS

 

If you are neutral in a situation of INJUSTICE you have chosen the side of the oppressor – Desmond Tutu

 

Silence in the face of evil is EVIL – Deitrich Bonhoeffer

 

We have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling SILENCE of good people.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Not to act is to ACT; not to speak is to SPEAK – Elie Wiesel

 

Psalm 84:11 KJV – For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa

  1. Tell the truth about the crimes
  2. Give the victims justice
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Healing and reconciliation

 

Reconciliation is the process through which estranged people move from alienation to identification.

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