Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 5, 2011
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24
Resolution brings relief to all parties, for it is able to resolve the problem or dispute. Without resolution there is a ‘disconnect’ and turmoil that leads to distrust. People feel heavy hearted and unable to move forward 100% focused, because of unresolved conflict hovering over their life. Christians can be the culprits, because they tend to smile when in fact their faith is frowning.
It is easier to talk about someone than to talk with him or her, so the object of scorn is left unaware of their fault, thinking everything is ok. But the way of Christ requires courage of conversation, so behaviors can be corrected and relationships made whole. You cannot focus on God in faith, if there is a relational fissure within your family, work associates or friends. Resolution takes time to revisit, clarify, forgive and reconcile.
Therefore, go humble yourself and gain freedom through relational reconciliation. There is nothing worse than feeling disconnected from your spouse, parents or peer. But your humility and willingness to be honest is healing. Do not be afraid of rejection, and resist projecting a combative conversation.
Instead, with a posture of peace, give caring feedback and then lovingly listen to what is said and not said. Help pull out the frustrations, fears and insecurities from the one who has wounded you. The world fights back, but those who name the name of Christ are patient and forgiving. Saul felt this disconnect with the Lord, Samuel and the people, so he cried out, “Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD” (I Samuel 15:25). Indeed, relief is sweet.
Pray for an outcome of real reconciliation. You will not rest until you are able to coexist in harmony with your heavenly Father and with those He has placed in your life. It is not worth striving to maintain an unreal image, or to prove yourself right when you have been wronged. Long-term resolution comes with authentic reconciliation, facilitated by a clear comprehension of reality. When you love others unconditionally in the place where they live, you invite grace into the relationship. Reconciliation erupts when you treat others like you want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).
Furthermore, the fruit of reconnecting with someone is unhindered worship of God, for unencumbered praise of God engages us in eternity here on earth. You cannot force another to reconcile, but by God’s grace you can continually create an environment of acceptance and understanding. So first go humble yourself, seek resolution, experience relief, and celebrate with Christ in the freedom of worship!
Who is the Lord prompting me to seek resolution with over a past or current conflict?
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