Daily Devotions: Matt 5

Sermon on the Mount (cont.)

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Matthew 5:23,24

So I just noticed that this verse says if someone has something against you, then you go to them and make it right. I think I’ve always heard this taught that if you have something against someone else than you must go and make it right. (Here is the KJV: “and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee”…no wonder I don’t read that version!). Anyway – a very interesting spin on this teaching. It says to me that it is my responsibility to be aware of how I treat people, being careful not to leave a trail of collateral damage wherever I go. As a pastor, more specifically, a shepherd – one of my highest priorities is to love people; to do my best to let them know that they are accepted and significant. I think Christ did this with people all the time – people who wouldn’t expect him to even notice them – he made them feel significant.

What is the opposite of anger? is it love? I think it is compassion. A little compassion goes a long way. Thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotions: Matt 5

  1. Melissa

    Alex, thank you for your “insight!” I am so blessed to read of compassion vs anger in your Matt. 5 study. I truly believe there is a shortage of “compassion” among our brothers and sisters in Jesus. I’m wondering WHY this is……….It takes some effort, I know, and it requires each of us to remember that “it is not about me.” Thank you again. In Him, Melissa

  2. jamesmclean

    One thing that has helped me lately is a talk from Andy Stanley. It was all about how every person we come in contact with is “someone for whom Christ died”. Seeing people this way has totally changed my view, it helps to remind me to have compassion. While I’m thinking about it, are there really any “normal” people in the world? Hang out with someone long enough and their quirks will come out, all the more reason to learn how to love like Christ. Easy preaching, hard living.

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