Welcome on this Lord’s Day to another guest post on Devotional Treasures. I am pleased to introduce a dear sister in the Lord – Barbara Hegreberg, whose blog My Life In Our Father’s World I follow. Barbara writes about her faith mainly with reference to her journey to improved health and wellbeing. Personally I find Barbara’s writing direct and a great encouragement, her positivity and humour make me smile a lot. Dear reader, I would highly recommend Barbara’s blog to you. Without further delay here is Barbara with a challenging message

Do you tend to want to resolve things quickly, or are you one who figures that it will go away if you ignore it long enough? The Bible has much to say on this matter but I want to focus on two things today, personal relationships and love thy neighbor.

Let us first consider the passage below:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift 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.

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 5:21-26 NIV

Have you ever skipped church, a prayer meeting, or perhaps communion so that you could resolve a conflict with someone?  As important as it is to not neglect gathering together with other believers (Hebrews 10:25),  it is more important to make sure that your relationships are above reproach. Unresolved conflict, especially between believers, shows the world that we are hypocrites who do not practice what we preach. How can we teach others about the amazing forgiveness of Christ if we are unwilling to forgive those who have sinned against us (Luke 11:4)? Remember too, that if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:15).

Similarly, God has specific plans for each of us. It is easy to sit at home and wonder why “someone” doesn’t stand up and solve all of the world’s problems. The truth is God is probably calling you to be that someone right now. Are you willing to do what it takes to fulfill His plan?  If God is calling you to do something He will provide everything that you need to accomplish His mission. 

I love the lyrics of “Do Something” by Michael West:

I woke up this morning

Saw a world full of trouble now, thought

How’d we ever get so far down, and

How’s it ever gonna turn around

So I turned my eyes to Heaven

I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”

Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of

People living in poverty

Children sold into slavery

The thought disgusted me

So, I shook my fist at Heaven

Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”

He said, “I did, yeah, I created you” (now listen)

If not us, then who

If not me and you

Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah

If not now, then when

Will we see an end

To all this pain

Oh, it’s not enough to do nothing

It’s time for us to do something

I’m so tired of talking about

How we are God’s hands and feet

But it’s easier to say than to be

Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves

It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”

Well, I don’t know about you

But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire

I don’t want a flame, I want a fire and

I wanna be the one who stands up and says

“I’m gonna do something”

If not us, then who

If not me and you

Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yes it is, come on

If not now, then when

Will we see an end

To all this pain

Oh oh, it’s not enough to do nothing

It’s time for us to do something

We are the salt of the earth

We are a city on a hill

We’re never gonna change the world

By standing still

No, we won’t stand still

No, we won’t stand still

No, we won’t stand still

No

If not us, then who

If not me and you

Right now

It’s time for us to do something

If not now, then when

Will we see an end

To all this pain

It’s not enough to do nothing

It’s time for us to do something

It’s time for us to do something

It’s time for us to do something

It’s time to stop making excuses!  Resolve that conflict with your brother, TODAY! Step out in faith and obey God’s call on your life. I promise that you won’t regret taking the next step.

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9 thoughts on “Be Quick To Reconcile

  1. Alan, thanks for sharing a guest post from Barb! She is one of my daily “must reads.” The admonition to reconcile quickly with anyone we’ve offended is timely for me. Just this morning, I inadvertently said something at a men’s prayer breakfast that may have offended some Catholic brothers who attended. I am reaching out to them right now–just to make sure all is well. Thank you Barb and Alan! Blessings.

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  2. I love that song! – “I did [do something] I created YOU!” 😉
    I love that passage from the Sermon on the Mount, too. – that you can actually skip or be late for church to reconcile with someone, and God says THAT’S OK! It’s worth noting that this is priority for Him. Some people would use church as an excuse to procrastinate, but Jesus said it’s that urgent.

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