Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 28th, 2020
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
Here’s an interesting legal question arising from a not-uncommon scenario: Two spouses decide mutually to separate. They negotiate and sign a separation agreement, and duly abide by its terms for a while. They later decide to reconcile, but the reconciliation doesn’t “stick” and they separate for a final time. The question is this: Is their original separation agreement still good? While there are some exceptions, in Canadian law the basic rule is that a separation agreement is void once there has been a reconciliation.
The world is filled with division. People are divided by such things are race, language and religion. Marriages crumble and siblings don’t speak for decades. Words are said at work or among friends that end relationships. None of this is God’s best for the people He has created. It is sin that has led to the breakdown of relationships. While broken relationships are common in our world, they are not acceptable within the family of God. Jesus taught this is Matthew 5:23-24: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Those who have come into relationship with God through Jesus Christ have experienced true reconciliation. The ultimate breakdown of relationship – our relationship with our Creator God – has been healed through Jesus death and resurrection. We who have been reconciled to God must always offer reconciliation to others. So Jesus gives practical advice. If someone has something against you, go to them and get it straightened out. Who do you need to go and see today?
These have been words from the heart.