Agree With Your AdversaryDo Not Be Angry
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar (Jesus), then remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with them, or your adversary (our own words) delivers you to the judge.
Resolution to anger is in the reconciliation, when not resolved the anger leads to separation from life. This gives further understanding to God’s Commandment Do Not Kill. I do not believe anyone sets out in life to kill another human being, unless they are encouraged to do so by others. It is easy to look at societies of the world and see this form of cruelty happening, knowingly and unknowingly.
When anger is not reconciled it will evolve into a spiritual death of its own making. Depending upon the measure of anger it could cause an actual death created by the quotes and choices we make. The words we use will either generate respect or anger. Only anger accelerates to a spiritual or physical death. This resolution applies to many different types relationships that are a part of life.
My Own Experience
When I was a young person I lived in a two family farm house. Our family and my aunt and uncle lived in the house. My mom had a personality conflict with my uncle and needless to say when we moved to the village there was no love lost between the two. There was never any reconciliation and they hardly spoke if at all. Watching and being part of this situation naturally caused me to side with my mom. After we moved to the village I still worked for my uncle on his farm. Because of the conflict between my mother and uncle I was very partial to my mother’s attitude. This partiality eventually led me to anger directed towards my uncle. One day the PTO and 3 point hook up was not connected properly and the rake fell off the tractor while raking hay. I blamed my uncle for not connecting it properly. At the time I fell in line with my mother’s attitude. This is what I had heard my entire life from my mom, so it was natural for me to blame others. For several years I did not speak a word to him causing a separation between us. This represents many other instances in my life where the death of a relationship has occurred because of accusations caused by my own self righteousness, blaming others for my own inequities.
Jesus quoted about being delivered to the judge.
“Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with them, or your adversary delivers you to the judge.”
There are at least two visible judgements that exist within this quote. First is the separation created by the action of blame. The second is a blinding belief that my action was the right thing to do when it was not.
All of these things occurred because of an unwillingness to reconcile with my uncle and look at the error in my own personality. I find that the judge in my life is the self centered belief from my own actions. Everyone pays these two penalties by not reconciling with people they have adversity with. The first penalty is the death of a relationship as a result of unreconciled disagreement. The second is the belief in an action that blinds the believer to reality. Only when this self righteous belief is exposed is it possible to overcome the belief. These are the miracle’s Jesus performs through His quotes.
Only through understanding the quotes from Jesus have I been able to reconcile this and many other events by taking responsibility for my actions instead of accusing others.
Forgiveness And understanding
The gift I now bring to the alter is forgiveness and understanding when there is and was disagreement in the past and present. This is done through asking questions of Jesus and others with a genuine desire to learn about existing adversities and then overcome them.
One Of Many Adverse Questions
The underlying question to many separations is an accusation, “Why didn’t you do what I told you to do?” Whenever the word you, is used in a sentence, it has the possibility of accusing the person of the imposed judgement. It is impossible to learn anything when the question is an accusation imposing individual values. This type of question is only asked to exalt the person asking. It exalts their own righteousness with a desire to accuse and not learn about any situation. Just watch the evening news the media is notorious for doing this. It was the same type of thinking that led to Jesus being placed on the cross.
Shakey Grocery Cart Wheel
One of Life’s situations is like going to the grocery store and having an option to use a grocery cart with a shaky wheel or none at all. When ending up with the cart that has a shaky wheel. We learn to live with it and have understanding for the situation. It may be a bumpy road in the beginning but as time goes on you gain understanding to make the cart run smoother. The other option is to complain to the store manager and not do any shopping. Then nothing gets done.
This same principle applies to our relationship with God or Jesus Christ when we find quotes in the Bible that do not agree with the quotes of Jesus we have an adverse situation. When this happens a disagreement exist. Because the quotes of Jesus are also claimed by Moses to be of God I use them as my altar and look for solution with in their content. When I find an answer there is a reconciliation with God, the adversity and myself. The alternative is to ignore everything Jesus says, and agree only with what I want.
We use our questions to either accuse or look for solutions. Justifying any position separates us from each other and God. When doing this a position that is taken that meets my own reasoning. This confines me to my own justification unable to examine alternative ideas. When a person holds in anger, it is a prison and poison they create for themselves and the people around them, destroying their own life and the ones closest to them. This spirit enables them to blame and accuse others for their own misfortunes. This happens only because they are unwilling to learn or Be A Student.
Be a friend to the people you do not get along with.
Remember when reading any quote from Jesus, it is important to read them selflessly as a student and as a parable to life. Look for continuity within other quotes and multiple applications to your life. Please keep in mind my opinions are a reflection of my view of the quotes of Jesus. Reading them as a parable allows everyone the opportunity to digest the content selflessly on their own level.