Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:21-24 (NKJV)
"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
What truth is revealed? Reconciliation is a big 6 syllable word, but it is an even more challenging concept. Although reconciliation finds its roots in the world of accounting, when applied to our relationships, reconciliation is simply restoring friendly relationships. The challenge is this: How can I be reconciled with someone when the scales of justice are tilted in the wrong direction? Too often we are not reconciled with another person, because justice has not been served. Jesus has a higher calling for us. We are called to be ministers of reconciliation.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Jesus does not tell us who is at fault in this short teaching. There is probably a valid reason for a follower of Jesus to be angry with his brother. But, Jesus instructs us to stop with the anger; to stop the name calling; and to stop with the judgment. Reminds me of Romans 5:8. Jesus extended love while we were yet sinners. This means that Jesus tried to restore our relationship while we were still clearly in the wrong.
What does this mean to/for me? This is a huge challenge for me personally. It means that I cannot continue to harbor negative feelings towards others. I cannot wait until the scales of justice have been served. I have been called to love, not to get even.
What action can/should I take? I need to take the first step toward reconciliation with “any and all.” That means that I need to drop-kick the need for justice out of my life. I need to fulfill my calling to be a minister of reconciliation in all of my relationships. 2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.