Matthew 5:20-26
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’
But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.


There is a recurring theme in the bible – forgiveness and reconciliation.


“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:12”

With this understanding, while each of us strive to do better, we need to be conscious of the battles others are fighting and leave judgment to God. As long as our race is not finished, we are still prone to temptation and we remain at His mercy.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2

But it seems we are wired to pass judgment and reject reconciliation. It is the comparison loop that makes it easier for us to forget our own misgivings.

There is a way to check judgment. Let each transgression of others, remind us of the enormity of our transgressions against God and knowing the all-powerful nature of God, imagine that He reacts the way you want to react to your neighbour. How long will you stand?

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15

If we already know that one of the yardsticks of our own judgment is how we have judged others and meted out punishment, is it not wise to forgive and show mercy? After all, what is implied is that we are actually in so doing, forgiving and showing mercy to ourselves.

Dear Lord, give me the grace to always forgive and reconcile with my neighbour.

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