Mathew 5:23-26; 18:15-20
Reconciliation is at the core of what God has done and is doing in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
Jesus exhorts us to practice reconciliation within the community of followers.
There are two exhortations given to us from Jesus.
- Practice reconciliation with those that have something against you.
Therefore, if 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 gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
- Practice reconciliation with those who have sinned against us.
If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Lessons in Living Reconciliation Out
- You have to learn to go to the person directly.
- You have to learn to be responsible.
- You have to learn how to submit.