Matthew 5:24 – If you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, then come and present your offering.

Wow! Jesus is raising all religious activity to a new level of personal reconciliation. It all began with the heart of God. He became one of us in the person of Christ Jesus, so He would be able to reconcile the world to Himself. He did this while we were still in our trespasses and sins. This is the reason the Father puts such high priority on reconciliation and forgiveness.

In Matthew 18, we see how important it is to forgive any that sinned against us. Here in Matthew 5, Jesus makes it clear that we must first become right with any person holding an offense toward us, before our offering is accepted by God. The Father has given each believer His nature of reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit. “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

The letters of the apostles are filled with admonitions concerning relationships among the believers. Here are a few examples: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:10-11), “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32-5:1), “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). As believers, we are to walk out the reconciliation God has given us by being reconciled to one another, in the fear of God, whether it be forgiving another their offense toward us, or asking forgiveness of one against whom we have sinned.

Father, thank You for extending Your reconciling love to my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to walk in the power of reconciliation. Help me to fulfill Your will to be a minister of reconciliation in this world.