“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5:25-26
The precepts of the Sermon on the Mount are profound. In the passage above, Jesus gives an example that common people can relate to. Someone is taking you to court because you have wronged them. Jesus gives a very simple and practical piece of advice- settle up before you get into more trouble than you have bargained for. This means that one must recognize their problem, then do something, sooner than later, to rectify it.
The allegorical Judge here is God the Father, who has the power and authority demand a penalty for our wrongs. We can be reconciled long before such judgment takes place by recognizing the forgiveness that Jesus offers. I call that agreeing with God.
This is good practice all the time. I always liked Lincoln’s quote above –“The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.” What a practical and logical thought. Endeavor to make friends and you run out of enemies. I think about the practical and freeing idea of reconciling with adversaries long before there are serious problems that may arise.
More importantly, we need to reconcile with God. We need to agree with Him in order to lead a peaceful life.
I like that idea of agreeing with God. I mean, who would really want to intentionally disagree with God? But we actually do that a lot. So, I make a list of the things I agree with God about.
I agree that I am a sinner in need of his grace.
I agree that he has extended that grace freely.
I agree that he loves me, even when I am not loveable.
I agree that I am forgiven.
I agree that I am commanded to love others, even when they are unlovable.
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Prayer: Thank you Father for the simple truths that set us free, Amen.