“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 your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
Something Against Me
Does someone have something against me? Do I really need to be concerned about that? Don’t I only need to take action when I have something against someone else? Isn’t my letting go of any offences and having a forgiving attitude toward everyone enough? Certainly, I will forgive others just as you have forgiven me. I won’t hold on to grudges. I won’t have a bitter, unforgiving heart. Isn’t that enough? Isn’t that like going the extra mile? What do you think? I think that I have a lot of questions. Why do you have a lot of questions? Isn’t the answer to your questions staring you in the face? Is the meaning of my word hidden so that you cannot understand it? Do you want to understand my word? Will you accept what my word is saying to you? I understand your word. The meaning of your word is quite clear. Nothing here in your word is hidden. I’m probably asking a lot of questions because I don’t like what your word is saying to me. I don’t really want to go and do what your word is asking of me. Now, those are honest answers.
Why don’t you want to go and do what my word is asking of you? It is more than a little intimidating to go and reconcile with someone that has something against me. Why is that? What if they reject my effort? What if they spurn my attempt to make peace? What if they don’t reject your effort and spurn your attempt at making peace? If they accept my effort and welcome my attempt at making peace, my enemy may become my friend. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Yes, it would be. What else? If I could live in peace and harmony with a former enemy, a heavy burden would be lifted from my life. Wouldn’t that be great? Yes, it would be. What else? If I am reconciled with someone, I might have a great opportunity to minister to them in some larger way. They might even come to know you as a result of seeing your love and forgiveness being lived out in and through my life. Wouldn’t that be incredible? Yes, it would be. What else? Going and making an effort to reconcile myself to someone who has something against me would give me peace. Why is that? I will have known that I have obeyed you. I will have known that I have gone and done what you have asked of me. Do you want to obey me? Do you want to go and do what I ask of you? Do you want to live in my peace? Yes Lord, I do. Then go and be reconciled with anyone and everyone that has something against you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. One more thing. What’s that? I will be with you to help you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I want to live a life free from conflict with others. I want to live a life in harmony with others. I want to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I don’t want anything to get in the way of my bearing fruit for your kingdom. So, I will reconcile with others. Amen
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