Monday, November 06, 2006

Unity: Reconciliation

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23, 24

How is your memory? Do you remember this problem that your brother has with you? If yes, then what have you done about it? Your offering in church is to stay there until reconciliation is accomplished.

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” Matthew 18:15

In this case, your brother does not have something against you, you have something against your brother. The object is reconciliation, to win your brother over.

In either, you are the one to go to your brother. This is in context with the last verse in Matthew 18.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

When you go to your brother you are to have forgiveness in your heart, not with accusation in your heart.

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