Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 5
Acts 5 starts off with a curious story about a husband and wife both being struck dead by God for lying to him. They had sold a piece of property and decided to hold back part of the money before putting the rest at the feet of Peter.
Acts 5:3-4 (NIV)
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
Peter scolded Ananias for having lied and having held back part of the money. And so Ananias fell down and died. The same happened later to his wife Sapphira when she was asked the same question and chose to lie as well.
This story really resonated with me because I recently have been lied to repeatedly by someone I love. Unfortunately, it completely destroyed my trust in this person. I now constantly ask myself whether this person is telling me the truth during our conversations. Or whether I should still speak to this person at all.
This made me think more about how God must have felt when Ananias and Sapphira lied. Since God knows everything, it must have been very hurtful to him when his children knowingly tried to deceive him. When someone you love lies to you, and you know that it is a lie in that moment, it feels like a stab in the heart. Surely for God, seeing one of his children lie to him must have been immensely painful too. I imagine it also pains him greatly to see us lying to each other because, just as Peter pointed out in Acts 5:4, when we lie to others, we are also lying to God.
In an intimate relationship, emotional honesty allows the other person to know who we are, thus creating a special bond. If we lie, we shatter that sacred bond of trust and lose that intimate connection. It is very important to remember that secrets and lies have serious consequences for our relationships with others, especially for our relationships with those whom we love—and for our relationship with God. Trust is very fragile, and once it is lost, it is hard to regain.
Have you recently lied to God, others, or yourself? What were the consequences of your lies?
Has anyone recently lied to you? How did that make you feel? What needs to happen for you to be able to trust that person again?
If you have lied to someone recently, make a list of steps to take to make amends. Ask for forgiveness. Ask then what you need to do to regain that person’s trust.
If your trust was broken by someone lying to you, ask God to help you heal your heart and find a way to forgive.
Dear Father, thank you for the sacred bond that I have with you and for the trust you have placed in me. Please let me never fail you by lying to you, others, or myself. Please give me strength in my heart to forgive those who broke my trust, and wisdom to see if their attempts to regain my trust and repair our relationship are coming from a true heart. Amen.
This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters. She is currently looking for someone who would like to serve the Lord with her.
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