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Foundations For Our Future #39

Foundations for Our Future (39)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler


In this teaching about anger and reconciliation, the Lord Jesus makes very plain that he is speaking about the person who is at fault taking the first step. (Matthew 5:23-24) Perhaps it would be more accurate to say the person who first realizes that he has sinned against another. This person knows that the other one has a legitimate complaint: “something against you.” Maybe both sinned, but this man knows he did as well.

No first step is harder, without the grace of God, than to admit fault and ask for forgiveness and reconciliation. It is excruciating to do in a marriage, in a business setting, or in a social circle. But Christ Jesus makes it crystal clear that of all the places it must be done it is within the household of God. It must.

Nothing shows the severity of such unresolved breakdowns, from the Lord’s point of view, as his strict instruction to not bring our gift to the altar until we have gone to our brother or sister to be reconciled. One of the most sacred acts of our lives, returning our gratitude with thanksgiving to God in corporate worship, is to be stopped until another sacrifice is made. The sacrifice of humbly asking for forgiveness. Crucifying our pride. For most of us, most of the time, this is a much greater sacrifice.

Consider today in prayer if there is someone you must go to?