22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
-People often seek religion to find absolution for their wrongdoing. While this is laudable and exactly what God expects of us, don’t think that God’s forgiveness is a blank check to mistreat those around us. Consider Jesus’ command here, we shouldn’t attempt to draw near to God while leaving things unsettled with a brother. Always make peace whenever, and with whomever, you can. But, don’t forget the end of Jesus’ statement, “and then come and offer thy gift.” Making peace amongst ourselves can be so satisfying that we can forget that we also have business with the Lord. Don’t pass over the chance to make peace with God. The feeling of a brother’s forgiveness is nothing compared to a Heavenly Father’s forgiveness.