Be Reconciled To Your Brother

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Remember - Matthew 5:23-24 - Be Reconciled To Your Brother - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Remember – Matthew 5:23-24 – Be Reconciled To Your Brother – Growing As Disciples

“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) 

Against You

Are you serious? What do you mean by asking me if I am serious? Am I serious about what? I know that I must be reconciled with the people in my life. I know that I can’t hold anger, bitterness, resentment or anything like that against them. That’s right. You want me to forgive others just as I have been forgiven. That is also correct. Holding on to anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness will only serve to harm me. I can’t let anything like this come between you and I. No you cannot. I want to be able to freely worship you with nothing coming between us. That is very good. You still haven’t answered my question. Am I serious about what? I’m coming to that. Your word seems to say that I have to go and be reconciled with anyone who has anything against me. What if I don’t have anything against them? What if they have something against me and it’s one hundred percent their fault. Does that seem likely to you? Maybe not. What are the chances that someone has something against you and you don’t know about it? There is almost no chance of that. I would have to be pretty dense not to know that someone was holding something against me. What are the chances that you are one hundred percent free of any fault when someone is holding something against you? There is probably even less chance of that. You have probably done something to offend them even if it was not intended or it may have even been an accident. Maybe you have a bad habit that you are completely unaware of. That’s right, that’s very possible. But, isn’t it even more likely that you also are holding something against someone that is holding something against you? Yes, I suppose so. So, there is probably a mutual need for you to give and receive forgiveness when someone is holding something against you. I’m sure that’s true. So, in answer to your question. Yes, I am very serious. If someone is holding something against you, I want you to go and be reconciled to them. Think of it as a ministry that I have given to you. In the unlikely event that you have no fault in the matter you would still be helping to release another person from the bondage of anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. Will you go and be reconciled to anyone that holds anything against you? Yes, Lord, I will.

Lord, I don’t want anything to hinder my fellowship with you. I want to worship you with my entire being. I know it is crazy to think I can have broken relationships with other people and have an unhindered relationship with you. Help me to reconcile with others. Amen

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Be Reconciled

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 105 - Matthew 5:23-24 - Be Reconciled- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 105 – Matthew 5:23-24 – Be Reconciled- Growing As Disciples

“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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