12th August 2019

READ: Matthew 5:21-26

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:” – James 2:8

The Lord has made it clear that we need to sort out our relationships before we come to Him. This is a priority for the Lord. Why is it so important for us to leave our gift at the altar before worshipping him?

“If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar…” (1 John 4:20). This Scripture shows that if you cannot love the person you see but claim to love God, you are actually a liar. God does not want a bunch of liars lifting their hands in prayer. Would you feel happy if a large group of liars came to your gate seeking for help?

Would you not call the police?

Having good relationships proves that you are not abiding in death, and you are not a murderer (1 John 3:14,15). “To abide” in death means “to be separated and isolated from God”. Who wants to live in a permanent state of separation from God? It is very important that we straighten out our relation-ships with others. God wants us to come out of this state before we approach Him in prayer, praise and worship.

The Bible teaches that when you hate your brother, you are a murderer. God does not want murderers knocking at His door. How would you feel if a large group of murderers assembled at your home seeking audience with you? Would you not be terrified? Love for your brother is so important for your spiritual walk. Having good relationships proves that you have forgiven those that have wronged you (Luke 23:34).

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