Sunday, April 12, 2015

At The Altar

Anger and grudges are hard to reconcile with the word of God. It is especially difficult when the object of your anger is your brother. This is from January 5, 2011.

My sophomore Gospels class today quizzed over Matthew 5:13-30. One of the questions covered verses 23-24 where Jesus stated this:
“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."
We came to the conclusion that although giving to the Lord is of great importance, Jesus told us that making it right with your brother or sister carried even greater weight. We discussed that some of them (the kids) are angry and they we need to fix the problem with the other person, whether of the spiritual family or biological clan. I saw a short story tonight on Sports Illustrated's website about two brothers that really grieved me. Darryl and Brent Sutter are two of the amazing six brothers in the family who all played in the National Hockey League. Until very recently, they worked together as general manager and coach of the Calgary Flames. Darryl has resigned his position and the two are not speaking although Brent says he has reached out through texts. Working together is sometimes hazardous to family harmony and I know nothing about hockey but I know brothers. After a certain age, you aren't going to get any more. I don't think there could be any better illustration of Jesus' teaching than the Sutters. Maybe it's more difficult to reconcile if you are a public figure but Jesus did not make an exception for the famous. I hope they make up before it's too late. If they do, it would be a great illustration of an altar call.

Applicable quote of the day # 1:
"When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life."

Applicable quote of the day # 2:
"It takes two men to make one brother."
Israel Zangwill

God bless,
Steve (Brother of Dave and Scott)

Luke 18:1
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Lisa RedWillow said...

This is excatly what I needed to read right to the point for me.
I m in aww and yes God is amazing.
He really is.

Carolyn said...

Nice to meet u,
This verse is one I have been mulling over too, Jesus said "leave" the gift there- suggesting that the time frame was fairly short- He didn't say take your gift back or stop giving at all but to go sort it out!
Your class sounds like a wonderfully challenging place where the Spirit can do wonderful things!
In His grace,

John McElveen said...

God's perfect timing strikes once again!! Thanks! How can I continue to be amazed, when He is so consistent!


Clint said...

Being a Christian is not exactly easy, is it? I guess the only thing more difficult is NOT being one. Good post.

Anonymous said...

I will never forget the day many years ago when I fixed something that was not right between me and someone else. I felt so light and clean after apologizing to this person when in actuality she was the one in the wrong. We have had a great, close relationship ever since. Hugs and blessings!

Jacob said...

I like how you posted all of the blessed things from class. Me being a recent follower, this is good for my walk with Christ.