Giving or Reconciliation?

“Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Mat 5:24)

At work we have ample opportunity to have disagreements, arguments, and conflict. What is our priority in God’s view between making an offering to Him in giving or reconciliation with those we have crossed at work?

We are encouraged to first get our relationships straightened out and then come before God. Why is that? First, God is more into people than receiving an offering; they are much higher in His priorities. Second, He is more interested in our heart than our gift. When we seek restoration and reconciliation, we are moved to oppose pride, ego, and unhealthy attitudes. We are changed as we choose God’s way over our way.

Third, when we come to God with a clear conscience, we are much more likely to commune with Him and receive in faith what He has for us.

Quick Prayer: Bring to mind those with whom I need to be reconciled, and give me the strength and wisdom to act. Amen.