A few years ago, in undergraduate school, I had an open argument with another student about the importance of being 100% open and honest. My fellow colleague thought it was okay to harbor things because it would somehow give him power to move forward and make something of himself—a twisted motivation of sorts. I warned him against this, because I was always taught not to let the sun set on anger. Anger will eat away at your very being.
In Matthew’s Gospel, we are being challenged to confront our fears head-on. Confront others that we have issue with, and reconcile our differences. We can live by Jesus’ example of confronting those who hated, reviled, and cursed him; he willingly underwent ridicule so that we might live a life of love exampled and mirrored through the divine.
Forgiveness is a gift! Come together in one accord, joining in the great communion of saints to praise God for what he has done and what he will do. The “Son” did not set on us, but empowered us to know the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Prayer: Gracious Father, we ask that you give us the strength to ask for forgiveness from our neighbors and from you, that we might live in wholeness of body, mind, and community, through your Son, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Seminarian Joshua Morgan,
Vicar at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry, SC.