Todays Topic and verse,
Insight over incite
23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Right here we see that the Word, compelling us toward a spirit of reconciliation, a spirit of release/surrender, a spirit of faith, should we have to reinforce our intentions with mirrored actions, supplication and attention.
Reconciliation doesn’t always mean assuming responsibility over something. Sometimes, it is just in recognizing that people are flawed. Hate the sin, Not the sinner! A good deed offered for those whom we have favor with is easy. A good deed, whether that be tolerance, prayer, forgiveness or the gift of space, is just as important toward those with whom we might have been slighted by. Reconciliation is also taking into account, accounting for, and acknowledging the gravity of a loss, infraction or discrepancy. How many times in life has someone ‘Taken’ from you or gotten away with it? When was the last time you prayed for somebody who really did you dirty?!
Gifts of offering and gifts in general bring to mind the ‘rewarding’ or ‘acknowledgement’ of something, someone or some achievement. Our lesson in the above scripture is that nothing is more pleasing to our Heavenly Father than that righteousness that goes before us, which is present purely by the gift of the Holy Spirit in the form of Grace! It is gracious for the person bringing gifts to first attend to obtaining right standing with God as it pertains to how well we give thought to our fellow man. By that I mean, the guy who cut you off on the road, the lady that looked at you crossly, the longtime friend that lost sight of loyalty, the easily persuaded, misguided, selfish, gossiping, medalsome, self seeking, full of themselves, mightier and more deserving than thou types. Its easy to give thought to those who are pleasing, what gifts of thought do we offer those who have harmed us or exhibit these behaviors?
What if you yourself at any juncture in life may have been perceived as this by another, whether correct or incorrect, would it not be an advantage and behoove you to pray for those whom might have been hurt by something you caused? Likewise, we are to pray for those who have hurt us. We are to pray that God would bless them enough to acknowledge what they are responsible for. It also releases you from the ring where punches are thrown, depositing you into the best possible attitude, to the holding pattern, where restitution and recompense gets handed over to the magistrate, (meaning higher authorities, whether that be of God, of man or oof both).
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