Acts 5:40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
The religious leaders got a last jab in! But the nerve to command them not to speak in Jesus' name? This heavyfisted approach never works well. Their actions only brought a courageous honor to the apostles! We actually suffered as our Lord, spiritual warfare! Dont misunderstand the loyalty of a once beggar, whom discovered full satisfaction and completeness from their Lord! Persecution wont detour them! Trials dont scare them. They just grow stronger in their resolve and intinsity for their Savior! The love of God which has changed everything in them has empowered them to love the One whom gave this love, even if death is the consequence.