Matthew 5:23-24 NET “So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift.”
All of us have faults, so conflicts, disagreements, etcetera are bound to happen among us. But it’s how we handle these that shows which of us truly follow Jesus Christ:
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 HCSB “For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you.”
The Holy Spirit says there will be divisions among us so that those of us who really have God’s approval may be recognized. And on the contrary these divisions show which of us do not have God’s approval. Conflicts have to happen the scriptures say guys, it’s a test.
Now let’s get back to Matthew 5:23-24. Jesus says when offering a sacrifice to God if you REMEMBER that your brother/sister has something against you, leave your gift there, don’t offer it. FIRST GO AND MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR BROTHER/SISTER, then come and offer your gift. Basically Jesus is saying He’s not interested in our offering, our sacrifice to Him if we have UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS among any brethren. We’re talking about brethren here. Today we don’t offer animal sacrifices and other types of scarifies like the Jews did under the Law. So what sacrifices do we offer to God today? The Bible says:
Romans 12:1 HCSB “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”
Hebrews 13:15-16 HCSB “Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name. Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”
These are the sacrifices that we offer to God today: our bodies are called a living sacrifice, praising God with our lips (our mouths) confessing His name is a sacrifice, and doing good deeds and sharing with others is also a sacrifice to God. So what Jesus is saying in Matthew 5:23-24 to us today is He’s not interested in our bodily sacrifice, or using our mouths to confess Him and praise Him, or our good deeds, if we have UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS with another brethren. PEACE AMONG BRETHREN is that important to Him. It should be to us too if we are really in Him. Yes, this is serious.🤔
Jesus didn’t say, “If you’re right and the other person is wrong you don’t have to go make peace with them.” He said, when offering your gifts or sacrifices to God if you REMEMBER, that your brother or sister has something against you, drop the gift because He won’t accept it, and your FIRST duty and act of worship is to go and make peace with that brother or sister. Then come back and offer your gift to Me that it may go up as a sweet smelling odor before Me; that it may be acceptable.😊 Not like Cain’s offering which the Lord did not accept:
1 John 3:10-12 HCSB “This is how God’s children — and the Devil’s children — are made evident. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.”
1 John 3:14-15 HCSB “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”
No we don’t want to be like that guy Cain who hated his brother. God says ANYONE who hates a brother is a murderer just like Cain. Nahh we don’t wonna be in that category. You don’t think of Cain as a religious person do you? We only think of Him as a murderer. But the Bible says in Genesis that Cain and Able BOTH offered up sacrifices to God. That’s a religious act. Cain had some religion y’all.😳 But his sacrifice was not accepted, just as ours will not be accepted no matter how religious we are if we do not love our brethren. Nothing new under the sun is there? There are religious people right among us who are just like Cain. But there’s no need to fret. The Lord will reveal to us who they are. As the scriptures say in 1 Corinthians 11:18-19: divisions are bound to happen and when they do it is for the purpose of making manifest which of us truly have God’s approval and which of us are just playing church. When conflicts come brethren may we be among those who prove that we dearly love our brothers and sisters. May we be among those who really do have God’s approval.
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