“So if you are offering your gift at the the alter, and you remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift. Be reconciled with your brother, and then return and give”.
Why did Jesus say that? We live on borrowed time. As christians we are to be forgiving and understanding. Have you ever left a conversation in anger with someone you care about? A friend or family member? Or sometimes we just are in a “mood” and take our frustrations out on those who are unfortunate enough to cross our path that day. What would happen if those were the last words we spoke to that person? How would we feel having that memory to haunt us for the rest of our life? Also, what if Christ returned for His church and we had spoken things to someone that it was now too late to ask forgiveness or to reconcile for? We often think, “I shouldnt have said that or acted that way to someone, next time I see them I will fix it”. Or, “they know me, they know I didnt mean anything”. That is taking for granted that there will be a next time. The bible says, “let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight”.
God loves us so much that He thinks of everything. He does not want us to have to deal with that type of anguish. That is why He warns us against that type of behavior. We are what we think and say. In all we do let us do it for the Glory of God. Love your neighbor as yourself, and let your words and actions reflect such. In doing so we can show the love of Christ and live a life acceptable to God.
-God Bless you all my beloved friends.