Sunday Morning Podcast May 21, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
For an acceptable gift to God, there must not be allowed an offense or willing division between us and another. If we know there is an offense between us and another, it is our responsibility to do our part, and our best, to reconcile it. Only then will God find our gift or service towards Him, acceptable. To not obey God’s instruction in this, is to encourage a division, and not a desired unity. Our gift for God needs to be of the most valuable, ….it must be our whole heart and life. We then need to bring that gift, (our self), humbly on the altar as a sacrifice unto Him. Only then will God consume it with His blessing. Sometimes there might be an attempt to hide the division from God. But God sees all. Only by fully reconciling, will your gift be acceptable. We might trivialize this need, but ultimately we must do this God’s way. This might be out of our comfort zone, but it is necessary to step out of that, if we are to give our best. Nothing else will be acceptable with God.
It will take a complete humility, to keep out of our life any form of division on our part. Our gift cannot be contingent on something else, (person or thing) if we want God to be pleased with us. Jesus gave freely of His life on the cross without seeking first a sacrifice from us. It was unconditional, as our gift to Him must also be unencumbered, holy, and freely given back. Christ’s gift to us is forgiveness for our sin, but we need to accept it to be reconciled to Him, to be made new and spiritually alive. If we recognize an offense or division working between us and another, we need to give up our will in it, reconcile, so we will be able to accept Christ’s gift to us. If the cross of Christ is demonstrated in our life, it will bring a mercy, forgiveness, and healing to others. This will eradicate any potential confusion.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
To be reconciled, are you willing to humble yourself, so God can accept your gift as a holy and acceptable one?