Be Reconciled
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Be Reconciled

                In the sermon last week, we talked about when God rejects his chosen people and tells them to stop praying. I want you to consider another instance in the New Testament where God tells us to stop praying and fix our relationships. Notice, in Matthew 5:21-24, “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

                Jesus helps us see how ridiculous it is to continue to try and worship God when we clearly have an issue with our fellow man. How many of us hold on to grudges, or can’t get past what someone else has done or said, and then come to worship God on Sunday and act like everything is fine? God basically says, “Stop it!” Don’t waste your time sacrificing, praying, singing, worshiping God when you must fix another relationship first.” Let’s not come before God and put on a mask hoping He won’t see the problems in our life. Everything is laid bare before Him and He knows it all. Let’s make things right, so that we can worship our God without any distractions or obstacles.

 


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