Who are you mad at today? Are you nursing a grudge or holding on to some frustration that you are unwilling to let go of? Everyone is familiar with the fact that God wants us to forgive those who wrong us. Do you know that Jesus taught that we should make the first move to reconcile when someone has a grudge against us?
In the Sermon on the Mount that is recorded in Matthew, Jesus says, “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.
So, who is mad at you? Are you willing to reach out and try to reconcile with them?
The implication of this scripture is that we should not be offering anything to God if we have an ongoing conflict with a person. We should set aside our own religious activity if there is a possibility that we can reconcile. Don’t even offer God a sacrifice if you do are not reconciled with others.
We cannot force any person to forgive us, but we don’t give them the chance if we ignore the problem.
“For whoever does not love their brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20).
So who is mad at you today? Can you go to them and try to reconcile? It is not completely up to you. They have to want to reconcile also. But we have been called by Jesus to a higher standard. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). When we take the initiative to reconcile, we are truly following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC