Be Reconciled

Sunday, February 16

2-16By Andrew Bolton, Council of Twelve Apostles

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”

—Matthew 5:21–24

When I was a teenager, my mother told me this story. She once heard the interview of a couple on the radio. They had married many years earlier.

“Did you ever think of divorce in a difficult time?” asked the interviewer. “No.” said the wife, “Never! But murder? Yes, I sometimes thought that!” She laughed. My mother said she understood the wife’s temptation and smiled. Of course, I knew firsthand some of my parents’ difficulties.

Of course, murder is no answer and is a terrible crime. Jesus suggests practical strategies to make sure we never get to the place of being tempted to murder. Deal with your anger. Do not diminish another by insulting him or her. Come to worship after you have reconciled, and made peace with others. The likelihood of facing the temptation to kill someone is then greatly diminished!

Prayer for Peace
God who views all people precious, help us be aware of the many ways we can reconcile with one another. May we remember the Worth of All Persons and that each is worthy of the time and effort we spend in peacemaking with them.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of All Persons
Read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the words sink deeply into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)?

Sense the intimate knowledge and love God has of you and every child. Be aware of the sacred Worth of All Persons. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How does God invite you to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will offer the gift of forgiveness and set aside anger.

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