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The Importance of Putting Things Right

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When it comes to the issue of forgiveness, sooner or later, we find ourselves on both sides of the fence. But whether we are in need of another personā€™s forgiveness or struggling to forgive someone whoā€™s hurt us, the desire to put things right keeps our connection with God strong.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, ā€œIf 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 giftā€ (Matthew 5:23-24). If you have deliberately wronged someone and have not made restitution, you can offer all the sacrifices you want. But what God really wants you to do is reconcile with your brother.

At first, Jesusā€™ words may sound strange. Why shouldnā€™t God hear our prayers when we are in need of another personā€™s forgiveness? After all, our heavenly Father is in the forgiveness business. Thatā€™s what makes a relationship with Him possible in the first place. But once weā€™ve been reconciled to God, He calls us to reconcile with everyone else we know. And that is why if you have wronged someone and have not taken care of that wrong by making restitution, the Bible feels so heavy. You may avoid reading the Word of God, and your prayer life is crippled. Your lines of communication with the Lord have come down.

But you can restore communication with the Lord as you seek to restore relationships with others, putting things right so that you honor God, love others, and prevent your prayers from being hindered.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for not letting me neglect to seek forgiveness from others for the ways that I wrong them. I know it is good for me and for my relationships to seek reconciliation. Help me to do so with humility and grace. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

ā€œAll this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliationā€ (2 Corinthians 5:18).

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