So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:23-26)
Pastor John’s Notes:
God wants us to be reconciled to each other. This is more important to God than our worship. God does not need our worship. God has a countless number of angels to worship him perpetually. Instead, God wants the best for his children. As God has loved each of us and reconciled us to himself, the next logical step is for God’s children to be reconciled to each other. Reconciliation is hard work and will sometimes force us to have conversations that make us uncomfortable. But the result not only pleases God but liberates our souls. It is a beautiful thing for the soul to live in such freedom.
Lord, teach me how to be reconciled to my brothers and sisters. As you have reconciled me to yourself, teach me how to be an agent of reconciliation. As I have received your grace freely, let me offer grace freely to others.