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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 27, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, February 27

Matthew 5:23-24 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or your sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.

Jesus’ words about the need for reconciliation to take place before public worship are not unique. The prophets repeatedly call for true inward righteousness instead of merely outward expressions of worship. Paul repeats this same warning in 1 Corinthians 11. The public worship of God is no substitute for authentic, inward change, and to approach God in worship when we have not forgiven one of our sisters or brothers is an affront.

Once we have been reconciled with God, we can be reconciled to others. We have received the gift of forgiveness from God, therefore we are to offer it to each other. Reconciliation is our ministry.

MOVING FORWARD: Is there someone you need to forgive or someone from whom you need forgiveness? What will you do about that?

PRAY for the Diocese of Matana (Burundi)

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130 | Ruth 2:1-13 |
2 Corinthians 1:23—2:17 | Matthew 5:21-26



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