Good afternoon, Good morning, Good evening. Whenever you are reading this hope the day is going well. Been praying for you today. Let’s continue our study on Matthew.
Matthew 5:23 – 26 says this: “Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Come to good terms with your accuser quickly, while you are with him on the way to court, so that your accuser will not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you will not be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last quadrans.”
Bibleref.org says this, “God cares deeply about the hearts of His people. We should reject anger, insults, and name-calling for the same reason we reject murder: Every person is made in the image of God (Genesis 9:6). Attitudes of hatred don’t just lead to acts of violence (Genesis 4:6–7), they are sins in and of themselves.”
We know that we are not or ever will be righteous enough to enter the kingdom of Heaven. It’s worth noting that what Jesus speaks of here is realizing that one has offended some other person. When a true believer realizes they’ve done something to make another person angry, they ought to act quickly to make things right.
So maybe today we let this be a shorter entry and take a minute to think about our actions, our reactions and how we treat others.
We are all guilty of this. All guilty of hurting others with our words. With our ignorance. With our lack of interest or lack of respect. All of us. Not one of us is not guilty of this.
Jesus calls us to resolve our differences. Not engage in them. We are not a body apart from each other. We are a body united. A body that exists together is more useful and more effective than a body divided.
Today. Think on your relationships. Who have you wronged that you need to right?