Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Matthew 5:20-26 - Live in Harmony


For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
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.
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

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How important it is to live in harmony with my brother. If I know that I am "fighting" with someone and I try to pray or worship God in Church or do any kind of communal act with God, then it is hindered if I am not reconciled to my brother.  Surely, in my brother is the Image of God. To be out of harmony with my brother is to be out of harmony with God.  Did not the Apostle Peter say that we should be united with our wives, lest our prayers be hindered? Thus, I must strive at all times to live in harmony with those whom God has placed in my life. There, is the Kingdom of God.

Lord, Grant that I may always see Jesus in the face of my brother. Amen.

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