READ: Matthew 5:21-26
- Jesus turns the coin over. Instead of what you do when you know someone is frustrated with you, He speaks to what happens when someone comes to you. In this case, there is apparent guilt because you are being taken before the judge. Jesus basically says, “Own it; admit your guilt and deal with it in whatever way will work“ (that is honest, of course). There really is no good outcome to ignoring the problems we have created.
- Jesus uses a parable to explain. He says that we end up judged, and we’ll end up in debtor’s prison. Then, someone else will have to pay our debt for us because we will have lost the freedom to make any money. Jesus uses hyperbole to express His meaning. If you go to jail you’ll be stuck paying even the final “penny.” The kodrantes is the 2nd smallest Roman coin available. It represented 1/64th of a day’s pay.
- Reconciliation is serious business because these are members of our Christian community (brothers and sisters is consistently used that way in Matthew). There is no room for division and bitterness within the Kingdom. There’s no reason for believers to not work out their differences. This is not simply about “not killing” someone. This is about treating others with dignity and respect. We can’t live in the check-box world of “I haven’t killed anybody, so I’m fine.” We have to go far deeper than that.
- Read 1 Corinthians 6:1-7. How is this related?
- When was the last time you “owned something” and saw it resolved?
- Why is this so hard to do?
PRAY: Confess areas you need to work on in this regard. Pray for those you to need to reconcile with to be receptive. Commit to working on your relationships.