Reconciling with Those Offended (1)

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Bible Verses

Matthew 5:23 Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, (24) Leave your gift there before the altar, and first go and be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Consider this

[Part 1 of 2]  [These verses]  specifically refer to disputes among God's children and among the brothers. If you are offering a gift at the altar, that is, if you are offering something to God, and suddenly remember that your brother has something against you, this remembering is God's leading. The Holy Spirit often gives you a necessary thought and reminds you of necessary things. When you remember something or are reminded of something, do not put the thought aside and think that it is merely a thought.

If you remember that your brother has something against you, this means you have transgressed against him. Your transgression may or may not be in material things. Perhaps you have offended him by acting unrighteously towards him. A new believer should realize that if he offends a person and does not apologize and ask for forgiveness, he is finished as soon as the offended party mentions his name and sighs before God. Whatever he offers to God will not be accepted.

If you are offering a gift at the altar and remember that your brother has anything against you or has any reason to sigh because of you, do not offer up your gift. You must first go and be reconciled to your brother. What does it mean to be reconciled to one's brother? It means to remove the brother's wrath. You may need to either apologize or recompense. Reconciliation means satisfying the other's demand.  [Continued tomorrow] 

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