Nothing positive has ever come out of Ananias and Sapphira. (Book of Acts 5:1-10) They sold a property, kept back some of the money then made a false declaration to the disciples about the price. They did not have to lie at all. They could have kept back as much as they wished as long as there was a complete and true disclosure. They gave the impression that they were giving 100% of the proceeds of the sale. Their lie or attempt to lie to the Holy Spirit had no excuse whatsoever. They were men-pleasers. They sought the praise and acknowledgement of men rather than that of God who knows all men and sees the attitudes and motives of our hearts. The lie yielded instant deaths.


One redeeming fact though. This husband and wife team were in agreement. Now, please do not misunderstand me here. The lie was a sin and they paid dearly. But allow me to look at the other side of things for a while. They agreed to sell the property. They sat down, discussed and agreed on how much to conceal. They agreed on the response to the apostles.


Is it not sad how little agreement there is in some of our homes today even when we consider doing that which is right? We have no time to sit down and to discuss issues. And we cannot agree on anything at all. No wonder there is little or no progress in our marriages. And we say we want happy marriages!

WE need to agree on the following matters, amongst others:

  • How to earn money and how to spend the money – the Budget
  • To tithe or not to tithe or how much to give
  • Where to send the kids for school
  • What to have for dinner
  • How to support the in-laws
  • Number of children
  • Frequency of sex
  • How to celebrate a wedding anniversary
  • Where to go on holiday and when
  • Curfew hours for our teenagers
  • Ways of disciplining the kids
  • Do we need a new car?
  • Which church to attend, and so on…

Agree in the home always: and again I say, AGREE.

About the Author

I am a banker by profession. I am married with three adult children - all girls! The two older ones are now married. I became a Christian in my first year of University in the late seventies and have never looked back since. It has been a great adventure, I'd say. I am a senior elder in my local church responsible for the Bible teaching programs. I enjoy that. My wife and I are involved in a Marriage Ministry called HAPPY HOME PROMOTIONS which started way back in 1987. Through this, we have addressed scores of Marriage Seminars and counselled many, many couples - married and premarriage. The ministry seeks to fight divorce in all its forms. I still enjoy the ocassional game of soccer, albeit at a S-L-O-W pace now. I am a keen photographer, a fisherman, a carpenter as well as a beekeeper.

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