TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”
Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT2)
PEACEMAKERS START THE CONVERSATION
One evening a man and his wife called another couple to see what they were doing. “Oh,” said the other wife, “we’re just drinking coffee and talking.” As she hung up the phone, she demanded, “Why don’t we ever do that? They’re just drinking coffee and talking.” Her husband said, “So make a pot of coffee.” They sat with their freshly brewed coffee, just staring at each other in silence. “Well, call them back,” he directed, “and find out what they’re talking about.”
On Sunday we learned from Matthew 5 that peacemakers start the conversation. In Matthew 5:23 Jesus taught before we try to worship God through giving, we should pursue peace with anyone who has something against us and who the Holy Spirit brings to mind. Jesus said, “Go and be reconciled.” Whether it’s our fault or not we should go and attempt to be reconciled. As we mentioned yesterday, reconciliation or peace is not always possible, but we are called to do our part.
Part of worshipping God is how I treat others. Jesus made it clear that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others. Sometimes initiating peace with others is more about worshiping God than it is about how we feel about the other party. Would it help you to say, “God because I love you and trust you, I am going to try and make things right with this person.” What is a way you can start a peacemaking conversation today? Call, text, write a letter, coffee or dinner?