Devotion For Every Wednesday

Reconcile with yourself

Matthew 5:23-24

23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift

Last week, I noticed two kids playing outside in the snow right after the snowstorm. The temperature was cold, but soon enough, it gradually turned into warmer weather with the snow melting on the ground. The kids were having a snowball fight but mixed in with the dirt, it ended up being a mudball fight. The kids were covered from head to toe in dirt and mud. Of course, they didn’t care, but were innocently enjoying their fun. After a while, one of the children tried to go inside the house but her mother abruptly said, “Oh no, you don’t want to bring all of that mud and dirt into grandma’s place?” The mother told her kids to wash up and clean themselves off before coming in. 

That moment reminded me of what Jesus said in Matthew 5, “Reconcile with your brother or sister,” before coming to the alter. Then somehow in my mind the terms “brother or sister” turns into “yourself.” The scripture was depicted in my mind with “Reconcile with yourself before coming to the altar.” “Clean yourself up before coming to the Lord.” 

We know as God’s children we have to love our enemies… love our neighbors… love those who don’t love us. So we make an effort to reconcile with them, forgive them, and love them. Yes. That’s good. We should do that. But… how about ourselves?

  • Do I really love myself ?
  • Do I forgive myself?
  • Do I care not only for who I am now but also who I was in the past?
  • Do I recognize that I am so unique, so valuable, so precious, so important, because Christ’s blood-shedding was to restore my relationship with him? 

Healing first will open a path for you to access God   

In this Holy week, you’re the most important person who you need to take care of. Reconcile yourself. Then come to the Lord who hangs on the Cross. He would say to you “I’m up here because of you.”





These devotions were written by Jay on every Wednesday.  You can read his weekly devotion in the weekly E-newsletter.