Reconciliation of Offense

April 17, 2012

Matthew 5:23-24
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

Reconciliation of Offense

This is an interesting verse, because unlike the one compels us to forgive the trespasses of others as our Father has forgiven ours; Jesus addresses this to the perceived offender.  This means it is not just up to the offended to get over it and forgive it; it is up to the offender, if they know someone has something against them, to go and make it right, before you offer your gift to God.  It becomes pretty evident that it is important for us the to have our horizontal relationships right before we approach our heavenly one, whether we are the offended or the offender.
One of the biggest hindrances to that is our pride.  We don’t want to admit or acknowledge that we have done something wrong.  Maybe we don’t even know what we have done that offended a person. I believe we could be a hundred percent in the right, but if someone has been offended by us then we want to implement the reconciling tool of humility, not pride.  God is not as interested in our justification of the right and wrong of it, as He is in our doing all that is within our power to restore relationship.  When we offend another that can become a stumbling block to them as well.  One of the basic strategies of the enemy is to cause discord, strife and division.  The more we walk in love toward each other the less we will offend, the less we will take up an offense and the more the enemies strategies will be averted.
Father wants us to keep short accounts.  Romans 12:18 exhorts us, ” If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”  James 3:18 give us this promise, “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.  Colossians 3:15 tells us this about our demeanor as believers, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Finally, Paul concludes his second letter to the Corinthians, in 2 Corinthians 13:11 with these words, “Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”  One of the keys to right standing with God is the pursuit of right standing and relationship with others.
Have we offended, hurt or wounded someone?  We may feel it is just their perception, but what is God’s perception?  Isn’t it that we do all that we can to make it right and restore that relationship?


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