Matthew 5:23-24: “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.” It is an interesting revelation to behold that before we can approach God for the foregiveness of sins that we should first be compelled to foregive and reconcile each other. That, apart from having a connection of love and understanding with God, we must first have this relationship with each other. It is easy for God to foregive us if we truely mean and believe in our repentance, but it is even harder to foregive a slight from our fellows and just as hard to admit that a mistake was made and that we were in the wrong.
To take from this passage is to understand the full meaning, concept, love, and grace of God. He truely wants us to live as a single people, free from fear yet bonded by our fears to seek out one another for strength, comfort, and meaning. Just as it is with our connection with God, so it must be with each other. Until now, I did not understand or interpret these verses in such a way. I have tried to live my life free from stress, in grace, and distant from gossip. However, while this has yielded a pleasant life for me, I know there is more I can do to live by this example when it comes to friends and family.
I hope this passage and interpretation finds you all well.