Reconciling with your brother or sister

Numbers 5:6b - When a man or a woman wrongs another, breaking faith with the LORD, that person incurs guilt and shall confess the sin that has been committed.

As believers whenever we sin or hurt any brother or sister (not just your blood relation) or even a non believer, we always feel guilt in us. It is this guilt that makes us acknowledge ourselves as sinners and creates a need to confess and ask for forgiveness. Lot of us run to a priest for confession, but to feel a real change in us we need to go by the Bible and not try bypass roads. The Bible clearly says if you have hurt your brother you need reconcile with him before we come to the Lord, if he is not alive then approach his next of kin and if he does not have any next of kin then only we can approach a priest (Numbers 5:7-8). Because of our ignorance of the Bible we have a habit of declaring people dead and all their families dead! Something we do this to our family members! For when we hurt our own family members we do not ask for forgiveness from them but run to a priest! Praise God!

If we really want to feel the joy in us, we should go and reconcile with the person we sinned against. Even if it takes time be patient, incase things may get worst if we approach that person or any of his kin then we should ask the Lord to help us, He will surely find a way. Only then we can confess to a priest or another brother and God will surely forgive us for it. But if we remain in sin we will lose our relationship with God and find ourselves faraway from Him.

[ Prayer Starter ]

Father God thank You for being a forgiving Father. We know Lord whenever we approach You for forgiveness with repentance, You will always forgive us. Lord give me the courage to follow your instructions to reconcile with my brother or even with You. Let me always be in your presence and rejoice in your Glory. I ask this in the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

[ Reference Scriptures ]

James 5:16a
16 confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Numbers 5:7-8
7 Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.
8 But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him.

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