“You have heard that it was said
to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever
says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 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 hen come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out
until you have paid the last penny.
In the Lord's Prayer, we pray "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Notice that as a Christian, forgiving others is not optional.
We are to forgive others. Especially if he or he is a brother in Christ. It is so important to God that he doesn't want your money first, he wants you to be reconciled before you bring your offering. We are to be known by our love and
I pray: O Lord, help me to live out the Fifth Petition, that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor deny such petitions on account of them; for we are worthy of none of
the things for which we pray, neither have we deserved them; but that He would grant them all to us by grace; for we daily sin much, and indeed deserve nothing but punish. So will we verily, on our part, also heartily forgive and also readily do good
to those who sin against us. Amen