Mt 5:23-24 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
There’s a wealth of scriptures dealing with brotherhood, but this one speaks to the importance of dealing with personal conflicts. I think our purpose for being in this world is to help others with their journey in this world. If you have a personal problem with a ‘brother’ then it stands to reason you need to work that out, not let it fester. Those kinds of things get in the way of your relationship with Jesus. The wisdom of this passage in Matthew, to me, is that you’ll find peace and that you will help another wounded person if you take care of the issue sooner rather than later. It will please the Lord and make your offering more acceptable.
1 Jn 2:9-11 “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded him.”
Problems between people tend to grow if they aren’t resolved. Hard feelings result in hard hearts. A hard heart grows cold and blind and stumbles into the darkness.
This post is an excerpt from my book Ask James one.