“Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift…” (Mt. 5:24).
Our service to God is often hindered by our actions and words toward others. The answers to our prayers are often hindered for the very same reason. If the truth be told, some of our life’s experiences are connected to this same source. The common denominator behind it all is our words and our actions toward others.
God sees and knows all. He knows that we are extensions of Who He is to this world and our activity is associated with Him. As a result, the world’s perspective of God often comes from the way we interact with it.
It is not possible for us to say that we love God, but yet do not respond with love in our human relationships (1 Jn. 4:20). If we are God’s ambassadors within this world, then we are to demonstrate this through our correspondence with the world. Regardless of how others may treat us, we are still required to respond in love, mercy, and grace. Why? Because that is how God responds to us.
If we have not demonstrated this kind of response to others before coming to God, then we must first be reconciled to them before we can render any service to God that will be considered as acceptable. It is not always about the “right to be right,” but sometimes we have to take the lower position in humility in order for a soul to won for the Kingdom.