Matthew 5:23-25– “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
Reconciliation. Forgiveness. A cornerstone of the Christian faith.
Can you imagine life without reconciliation with God? How awful and hopeless.
Thankfully, God sent His Son and reconciled us to Himself through His Son!
Romans 5:10–For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].
In the command of Christ in Matthew 5, we are told to reconcile with those who may have something against us.
The Message says: “If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.”
Immediately. How often do we excuse away what God is telling us? We wait. And then we forget. And then we don’t do what we should have done. You get the picture?
We are to initiate reconciliation with others, whether or not we are the one harmed or the one doing the harming. Notice the verse is not concerned with the other person, but with you. It is not a matter of our rights.
The true mark of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus. Oswald Chambers
How often do we make the excuse that we would have initiated the conversation but we weren’t in the wrong?
Whether we are angry at them or we have harmed them, we are to take steps to reconcile the situation.
Paul writes in Romans 12:18–“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
It comes down to our obedience to the voice of God. If God is telling us to do something, are we willing to do it even if it might make us feel uncomfortable?
We can sweep it under the carpet and feel fine about it. Or we can be obedient to the voice of God who cares about every minute detail of our life.
Remember, God knows what’s best for each and every one of us. He knows what can happen when we don’t reconcile a situation. There can be anger and bitterness on either party, and that is bad for any relationship.
So, the next time you are quiet before God, ask Him if there is anyone that has a grudge against you, and if there is anyone you need to reconcile a situation with.
Ask Him what the steps are to take care of the situation, and do it!
The power of reconciliation and forgiveness is amazing!