April 7, 2020

First Go and Be Reconciled to Your Brother

Matthew 5


As Jesus goes up on a mountainside, His disciples come to Him. Then He teaches about the blessed, the law, the virtue, and the attitude required of the saints in detail.

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans and tax collectors do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The core of the Bible is love as it says, “Love is the fulfillment of the law” (Ro 13:8–10). Even if we keep the commands and laws of God without missing a single one, but have not love, it is of no use. The love Jesus taught us has a wide range from brothers and sisters to neighbors and enemies. Now that God’s love is spreading swiftly to seven billion people, let us look around us to see if there is any brother or sister whom we do not love fully. Jesus said to those who have something against brothers and sisters, “First go and be reconciled to them,” holding off even offering their gift at the altar.

If we are at odds with any brother or sister because of a different way of thinking or a habit of sin such as hate, envy, and jealousy in us, now is time to apologize, reconcile, forgive, and make perfect love. This is the earnest wish of Christ, who loves us and even bore the suffering of the crucifixion.