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Do you have clean hands to worship God?

Many people try and invite and get unbelievers into a church building. Jesus said, His mission was to call sinners to repentance, and He said unless you repent (change your heart, mind, and direction) you will perish (Luke 13:5). Many believe they can live however they want and still be forgiven; they exhaust the grace and mercy of God in their lives by running with devils then calling on His name. You cannot sit at the table of devils and the table of Jesus. Jesus expects, for all to forsake anything that is not from Him. Jesus said I am the life the way and the truth. Jesus died so that you would never have to choose a wrong thing, and made a way for all the wrong things done to be reconciled. Jesus said this about worshipping God:

Jesus of Nazareth the Christ said: Mat 5:21-26 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: (22) but I say unto you, that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire. (23) If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there remembers that thy brother hath aught against thee, (24) leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Jesus said if you have ill spoken of a brother or done a brother wrong in other words, then go and make things right so you can worship God with an upright heart or clean hands. How many in the congregations, need to shake hands with each other while assembled! Much less, those we have wrong through our short comings and rebellion outside the walls of the church of Christ. How important it is to love our neighbors as ourselves, and yet the simplicity of Christ in simple obedience is the wisdom that saves one from a fiery Hell of eternal destruction and misery.

Can you look every man in the eye and know there is no quarrel or wrong doing between you, have you been honest? Yes or No?

If the one you done wrong is your enemy, then what do you do Jesus?

Jesus said: (25) Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. (26) Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

If you cheated your enemy out of some money, then you must come to terms to make peace and reconcile the wrong done. You are the Christian that sinned not the done wrong (unbeliever), so it is up to You to take action and reconcile any differences or your enemy will accuse you and prove you wrong for what you have done and you face the legal system or the judge. So better to come to terms of peace when an offense has taken place rather than sitting on your hands doing nothing, go reconcile and apologize, try to achieve forgiveness and if not achieve peace.

Have you any amends to make? Any apologies that need to be made? Any truth needs to shed on a division or quarrel? Let us remember that God forgives the ugly in anyone who turns from their wrong ways, and if christ forgives the worse in me, who am I to not forgive the worse someone else? Jesus said unless we forgive, we cannot be forgiven. Some people you got to forgive just because they exist! Let us forgive in a spirit of mercy and reconciliation looking for the perfect moment to confess and make amends with those we remember we done wrong. When you seek forgiveness and reconciliation do it wisely, look for the right time and opportunity to achieve forgiveness and try to restore the dignity of those you sinned against, they are the better man forgiving you.

Father, please remove anything that is hindering us from being reconciled with you and all others, please give us the courage and right opportunity to seek reconciliation and forgiveness, we forgive all those that have done us wrong, so we too can be forgiven, please accept our worship so we may we worship in spirit and truth, In Jesus of Nazareth name, Amen.

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