Summary: As we partake of Communion today, our faith in Christ ought to be very practical. Yes, we do this in remembrance of Him. That remembrance ought to cause us to go and be reconciled with our brother and then come before the Lord to be reconciled to Him.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Senior Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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‘Be Reconciled to Your Brother’
Matthew 5:23, 24
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)
How often do we hear the words, "I will never forgive you. You hurt me too much, I will never be able to forgive you. I hate you."
How often such words are spoken. Husbands say them to wives, wives to husbands, parents to children, friends to one another and yes, so often they are said by one Christian to another. We need to take encouragement from Psalms 133 and realise the blessing of living together in peace with brothers and sisters on the Lord:
1 How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
God Values Our Gifts
God seeks and values the gifts we bring Him—gifts of praise, thanksgiving, service, and material offerings. In all such giving at the altar we enter into the highest experiences of fellowship. But the gift is acceptable to God in the measure to which the one who offers it is in fellowship with Him in character and conduct; and the test of this is in our relationships with our fellow men. We are thus charged to postpone giving to God until right relationships are established with others. Could the neglect of this be the explanation of the barrenness of our worship?
G. C. Morgan
[Galaxie Software. 2002; 2002. 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press]
I once knew a man who had not been on speaking terms with his mother for twenty years because of something she had said to him. The Bible exhorts us in Ephesians 4:26-27:
“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.”
The way to prevent letting one’s anger lead us into sin is to “keep short accounts” by settling differences on a daily basis, seeking to be reconciled quickly and exercising forgiveness before the sun goes down. The devil however would like us to bear a grudge, build an offense and let a root of bitterness rise up within us, causing us to sin.