“…if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5: 23-24)
We cannot truly honor God if we are at the same time harboring anger toward one of His ideas. The gift of our devotion is not full and true if it includes something so averse to His Mind, His Principle. Hatred and resentment can’t bring us the full blessing we desire. We must cleanse the anger with Love if we are to truly feel the health and well-being and peace we pray to receive.
Obedience to divine Love requires us to be loving. Anything contrary to this love is disobedience, and it may lead us to feel less protected and blessed by that law of Love. We are built of the substance of Love, so it goes against everything that we are to be angry or feel hatred. That’s why such feelings so often seem accompanied by discomfort, physically as well as mentally. They are an unnatural intrusion on our natural purity and goodness.
Drawing close to God is our salvation and strength. It is always worth the effort to set aside our anger and so to find Love’s perfect remedy. It may not always be easy to reconcile with our brother, an act which always begins in thought. But God helps us to do this. He shows us that His Love and His Principle are one, and His supreme wisdom assures that all can awake to see their own errors and to find a truer sense of goodness. Your gift to God is your genuine love. This gift is a gift to yourself as well.
Cherish love, not resentment. Your health and disposition will improve and you will feel more like yourself, that child of God that is peaceful, poised, good, and happy.
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