Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Phillips: friends with God

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    [Jesus:] “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”
    —Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
    A man can not be “friends with” God on any other terms than complete obedience to Him, and that includes being “friends with” his fellow man. Christ stated emphatically that it was quite impossible, in the nature of things, for a man to be at peace with God and at variance with his neighbor. This disquieting fact is often hushed up, but it is undeniable that Christ said it, and the truth of it is enshrined in the petition for forgiveness in the “Lord’s Prayer.”
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Your God is Too Small [1953], Simon and Schuster, 2004, p. 90 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:23-24; 6:12,14-15; Rom. 12:18; 14:19; Eph. 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I be a peace with all my neighbors.
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