Verse of the Day
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
Food for Thought
We often hear stories about brothers fighting with each other on petty matters; there have been cases where brother has killed his own brother. In bible, we read the story of Cain and Able. Adam and Eve had two sons, their first son was called Cain and their second was called Abel. We know that when Cain realized that God was not pleased with his sacrifice but accepted Abel’s, his heart became wicked. He was angry and jealous of his brother and killed him out of envy. Jesus Christ wants us to have very good relations with our brothers, and he prefers that we should reconcile with our brother before we offer gifts and sacrifice to God. We must remember that definition of brother and family is very broad in Christianity. Jesus clarified it in gospel of Mark, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! (Mark 3:33-34). All who live with Christ are his family, therefore we as real Christians have to ensure that as family of Christ, and we must live in peace, love and harmony with each other. We also need to ensure that knowingly or unknowingly, if any excess is committed by us or there is any misunderstanding, we must clarify it and then go to the church with pure and clean heart.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6