Does anyone in the world have anything against you? Do you have anything against them?


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“You have heard the commandment imposed on your forefathers, ‘You shall not commit murder; every murderer shall be liable to judgment.’ What I say to you is: everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment” (Mt 5:21-22).

Anger, angry words, and angry thoughts are forbidden. Even if we are not angry with anyone but someone is angry with us, we must halt even our worship and “go first to be reconciled” immediately. Otherwise, we may be thrown into a prison of some sort, and we “will not be released until” we “have paid the last penny”.

Jesus seems to be over-reacting to the problem of anger. The truth is that we are under-reacting. Anger is often the open door through which the devil enters. Therefore, “the sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil a chance to work on you”. Anger is frequently the root of bitterness, unforgiveness, violence, and a whole host of evils. Anger was even the root of the opposition to Jesus and resulted in His crucifixion. We must immediately take every angry thought or feeling to Jesus. He alone can save us from anger

Even if we are reconciled with everyone and everyone with us, we still must proclaim the message of reconciliation and work in the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciliation is such a high priority for Jesus that He reconciled “everything in His person, both on earth and in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His cross”. We as disciples of Jesus must make reconciliation a very high priority. “We implore you, in Christ’s name: be reconciled to God!”

“If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first to be reconciled.” —Matthew 5:23-24

 

Does anyone in the world have anything against you? Do you have anything against them? If you haven’t recently tried to reconcile with these people, stop reading this now and go do it…

If you haven’t forgiven, but are still reading, drop everything and “go first to be reconciled.” “Lose no time”. “The sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil a chance to work on you”. The grace to forgive your worst enemies is available to you right now. Decide to accept this grace, or you will be handed over to the torturers. Until you forgive, you won’t even be able to pray, for Jesus taught us to pray: “Forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us”.

Right now, you can accept God’s grace to forgive all those who have hurt you in any way throughout your entire life. In fact, you must forgive or be destroyed by the poison of unforgiveness. “We implore you, in Christ’s name: be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20), be reconciled with allnow.

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