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The Need for Reconciliation

ELYON DEVOTIONAL

Nana Kwame Edusei

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Topic: The Need for Reconciliation

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:23-24

Main Text
Matthew 5:23-24

'Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.'

It is often easier to remember and forgive those you have something against than those who have something against you. 
Many Israelites throughout history, however, proved content with a sacrifice-based relationship: they would offer the requisite sacrifices at the requisite time and thereby felt as if they had secured the goodwill and blessings of God. The prophets had quite a different message for Israel: sacrifice by itself could not atone for sustained, perpetual disobedience to God’s commands, especially as they related to others.

Samuel made clear to Saul that obedience was better than sacrifice, and to listen to Him better than the fat of rams (1 Samuel 15:22).

Our Lord is insisting that it is so important to lose no time in seeking reconciliation with a person whom one has injured, that even the very holiest action must be put off for it.

We cannot choose sacrifices over relationships; to maintain our relationship with God, we must also give thought to how we maintain our relationships with one another. Let us be reconciled to God and through Him to one another, and seek to maintain reconciled relationships through the power of God in Christ to His eternal glory!

Prayer:
Pray for grace to forgive people and also to be reconciled to others in Jesus name, Amen!

Tell a neighbour about Jesus today. Have a blessed weekend!
Shalom