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May 22, 2018, 12:38 PM

May 23, 2018


“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

We sometimes have a hard time remembering. The older we get the more we remember things in the far past rather than the things that happened yesterday. What things do you remember the most? Usually, it is the things that have had a major impact in our lives. Sometimes, as strange as it seems, we remember the most insignificant things. We may remember an insignificant event from elementary school or a simple event from a typical day. We wonder why and how we still remember those things. The Bible is filled with events that God wanted His people to remember. However, they often forgot the most important information He had revealed to them. Our lives become much the same.

Read the passage above again very carefully. Jesus uses the term remember to point out that there are things that affect our fellowship with Him, our prayer life, our relationship with others and our own joy. In this passage, Jesus is pointing us to the necessity of reconciliation. People today are living miserable lives because they will not be reconciled to another. God desires to free us from the bondage of unforgiveness. God, in His great mercy and grace, has forgiven us so that we can be reconciled into a relationship with Him. Not only has He forgiven us, but He continually strives to bring us into the likeness of Jesus.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be reconciled to others in a similar fashion? As members of the family of God we can do just that! Unforgiveness can wreak havoc in our lives. Obviously, in this passage, Jesus was referring to the negative impact it can have on our worship. Who does Jesus point out needs to be the initiator of the forgiveness? Me! Forgiveness begins with my effort for reconciliation. We should be the ones to make every effort toward forgiveness. Will that person forgive me? Maybe not. Yet, as we seek reconciliation, we have done what God requires of us.

The chorus in our mind begins to shout, “but it wasn’t my fault”. Looking back at the passage, Jesus did not mention anything about fault. He said we should be reconciled … period. Reconciliation is a huge part of the maturing Christian’s life and is the only way to accomplish the purpose for which we have been called. If you know that a brother or sister has something against you, go to that person and be reconciled to them. You will be amazed at what God will do and the freedom that follows. God gives us the ability to remember an astonishing number of things. Some of what He allows us to remember are the things that negatively affect our fellowship with Him. When He allows us to remember them, let us be quick to bring about the correction He desires. May you have a blessed week as you faithfully serve God through loving others!

                                                                                                                                              We love you,

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