Matthew 5:21-48 - Key


Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

This verse means to me that reconciliation should be a higher priority than sacrifice. It seems that it is more important to the Lord for us to have right relationships with other people, then it is for us to try to serve and please Him with some "gift." It's great to come to the Lord for forgiveness, and to worship Him, preach the Word, preach the gospel, and exercise our other gifts, but even before that, we need to do whatever we can to make sure that we have right relationships with other people.

Next, this verse is encouraging to me because it does not say that we have to throw away our gifts and forget about them. Once we have reconciliation first, then we are supposed to come again and offer them. So you can see that we are still supposed to offer our services of love to the Lord, but we just need to be reconciled first so that we can offer a service that will be acceptable to Him.

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