So for the first four days of this study we talked about God‘s side of reconciliation. Pastor Stephen used to say that it’s important to teach the God side of things first, and then talk about man’s side.
Today, we see what man’s side in reconciliation is, and what I would like to point out to you is that the reconciliation we are responsible for is between one another. That’s what it says right? First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Jesus is not saying that in order to be saved you have to be fully reconciled to every person you’ve ever done wrong. Whenever there is a question as to whether or not something is going to impact your right standing with God…your salvation…always take a look at in comparison to the thief on the cross.
The thief didn’t have time to get down of the cross, and make amends for all the wrongs he had done…did he? Yet, he was ushered into the Kingdom of God the very moment Jesus said; “today you will be with me in paradise”.
There are 5 reasons that we need to seek reconciliation with people…and before you ask if this has any bearing upon our reconciliation to God when it comes to our salvation…it does not.
(1)…That, in order to worship God acceptably, we must do justice to our fellow-men.
(2)…Our worship will not be acceptable unless we do all we can to live peaceably with others.
(3)…It is our duty to seek reconciliation with others when we have injured them.
(4)…This should be done before we attempt to worship God.
(5)…This is often the reason why God does not accept our offerings, and we go empty away from our devotions. We do not do what we ought to others; we cherish improper feelings or refuse to make proper acknowledgments, and God will not accept such attempts to worship him.
There is a theme from the 5 reasons why we need to seek reconciliation with people, and it has to do with our worship of God. It has nothing to do with our position IN God, and it has nothing to do with our salvation.
There are many religious folks who take this verse, and use it to support their argument that we have to clean up our lives in order to be able to come to God for salvation. But that’s not what these verses are talking about. It’s talking about how we worship God with our giving…you know…what we put in the offering plate.
Yes. If we wrong someone it is OUR duty to seek reconciliation with the person we had wronged, and yes if we have sinned we ought to perform a what 1 John 1:9 says. However, again this does not impact our eternal security or our salvation…it impacts our ability to worship God.
I love the fact that the Bible is so clear. When it comes to God’s side He has taken care of the most important thing, and that’s the divide that came between us. When it’s matters of eternity…He has already taken care of everything, and our sole responsiblity is to receive it. When it comes to matters between us and others…it is our responsibility to see to it that we are living as peacefully with others as possible.
Reconciliation with God was His responsibility. Reconciliation with people is ours. Can’t get much easier to understand then that.
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer