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Matthew 5:22-24

Matthew 5:22–24 (ESV): "23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."

Reconciliation is an important part of any relationship. It goes hand in hand with forgiveness. God requires us to be reconciled with one another before we bring our offerings to Him.

After Jesus proclaims His intentions to fulfill the law He begins teaching on the internal aspects of the law. Jesus associates internal anger with physical murder. Yikes! This is an entirely different level of violation of the law. He goes on to say that if you come to the altar, which is the place of internal examination, and know someone has something against you then physically leave the altar and go and be reconciled. It's better to obey than sacrifice!

How many times have you gone to the altar of God with enmity and ill-will in your heart? Jesus isn't saying that you simply need to remove it from your mind but the mind of the offended as well. When we come to the altar we are to come reconciled not just with the Father but also with our fellow man. Don't just reconcile with God but leave the altar and be reconciled with anyone you may have offended and then return to the altar and bring your sacrifice. We are to be reconciled! It's part of true worship, amen?

Father, we thank You for allowing us the privilege to be reconciled to You through the blood of Your Son. May we take the ministry of reconciliation seriously and be reconciled to those we may offend. Bring to mind even now anyone that may have something against us that we can go and be reconciled this day we pray in Jesus name, amen.
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