READ: Matthew 5:21-26
Be reconciled to your brother.� Matthew 5:24
When my son-in-law Ewing and I attended a sporting event, we enjoyed watching both the game and the people around us.
One of those people showed both the bad and good side of humanity. This man had apparently lost track of his seat. As he was looking for it, he
stood squarely between us and the field. A man sitting in front of us
also had his view blocked, so he told the guy, Could you move? We can't see.�
The lost man responded sarcastically, Too bad.� A second request got a
similar but more heated response. Finally the man moved on. Later came a surprise. He returned and told the man he had blocked, Hey, I'm sorry, man. I was upset that I couldn't find my seat.� They shook hands and
the incident ended well.
That interaction made me think. As we go through life striving to find our
way, situations may frustrate us and cause us to respond to others in an un-Christlike way. If so, we must ask God to give us the courage to
apologize to those we have offended. Our worship, according to Jesus,
depends on it (Matt. 5:23-24).
We honor God when we make reconciliation with others a priority. After we
have been reconciled, we can then fully enjoy communion with our
heavenly Father. �Dave Branon
It's not easy, Lord, to swallow our pride and ask
others to forgive us. But You want us to seek
reconciliation before worship can take place.
Help us to seek forgiveness when necessary.
Confession of sin is the soil in which forgiveness flourishes.