Take the Initiative

You may find this hard to believe, but not everyone likes the preacher. There are times when I misstep or misspeak and incur the displeasure of a parishioner. In the early years of my ministry, when I got wind of someone’s unhappiness, I just dismissed the problem. If he doesn’t bring it to me, then I have no hand in the matter, I thought.

But then I read Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:23-24: “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift.” Jesus commands the offender, even if unintentional, to take the initiative. I have found without fail this step has resulted in restoration. When Scripture is mixed with obedience, a healing elixir results!

From God is With You Every Day – Max Lucado

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