Asking for Forgiveness with One Another
In Matthew 5:23, 24 it says, “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.”
It’s important that we understand in living and walking out our faith as a believer in Jesus Christ, we must not merely live religiously. Going to the altar and offering a gift was important to God, but our relationship with others was more important. You see, if we tell the Lord how much we love Him and if we serve Him, yet we do wrong toward our “brother” and “sister”, we are living a double standard. We are not obeying the Word.
The Bible tells us in Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” We are not to harbor anger and bitterness towards others, because that allows the enemy into our lives. So we must do our part to “live at peace.” First and foremost, with the Lord’s help, let’s “live at peace” with one another. Then, if we sin and do something against someone, we must try to reconcile with them. Let the Holy Spirit in you lead you how to do this. He will guide you and help you.
Pastor Emily Christenson