18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
We should be incensed against people’s sins in such a way that we pity the people themselves.
Regarding those who are so hard and stubborn that sharp rebukes are beneficial for them, we should throw them down with one hand and set them on their feet with the other. The Spirit of God does not allow us to cut them off completely.
Faith must be our light when we go to God; faith is indeed the mother of prayer.
We also learn from this that the magnitude of our offenses depends not so much on what is seen but rather on the attitude of the heart.
From this we see that they were so burning with the desire to spread Christ’s glory that they spoke about him wherever they went. Thus the seed of life began to be scattered from one city and throughout the whole region.