The Love, and Severity, of God - Acts 5:11

“And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.”

In the early church, there were great signs and wonders, healings and miracles, that if we witnessed them in our present day, it would be jaw-dropping.  The church gathered to constantly pray and share everything they had.  Apostles spoke with great boldness and the Gospel could not be contained.  The Holy Ghost fire was LIT with white heat!  The Love of God was shed abroad in their hearts.  

However, at the same time while the church was LIT, there was also a great fear of God.  Ananias and Sapphire was a warning sign and wonder that we are not to test the goodness and character of the Lord.  To us, it sounds like it was too much, not tender enough, lacking of tolerance - but it was all, 100% of God.  Doesn’t it frighten you, that if God acted with such severity in our present day churches, we would have to turn our services into a healing, and raising the dead, meeting! Sycomore, out of God’s grace we have come to know of the love that God has for us, but may we also come to know the, severity and  fear of the Lord.