Matthew 5:23-24 NIV 2011
“Therefore, if you are offering your gifts at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
Matthew shared the words from Jesus’ discourse with those gathered during the Sermon on the Mount. One commentator wrote, “The Sermon on the Mount is in effect King Jesus’ inaugural address.” Jesus gave those listening His expectation for Kingdom living. Jesus’ words differ from the legalistic traditions held by the Jewish leaders. These two verses challenge anyone with anger toward another to move toward reconciliation before offering sacrifices at the altar. Mathew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law of the Prophets.” Jesus provides power to forgive and move forward.
“I am sorry” are three difficult words that lead me to pray for a forgiving heart. Other times some of us wait impatiently when we’ve been wronged to hear those words from someone else. Jesus specifically addressed this. We need to forgive in order to be reconciled when we’ve been hurt and ask for forgiveness when we’ve hurt someone. There is no middle ground as a follower of Jesus. A sinner, there are times when I’m critical. Jesus gives me His power to forgive and move forward.
What makes forgiveness difficult?
Forgiving because we are forgiven daily,