Ms 89, 1903

1903

Ms 89, 1903

“First Be Reconciled to Thy Brother”

NP

August 12, 1903 [typed]

Portions of this manuscript are published in UL 238; 6BC 1115; 7BC 905.

“The end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” [1 Peter 4:7.] Ms89-1903.1

When Peter wrote these words, the destruction of Jerusalem was near at hand. The persecutions that the Jews had visited upon the believers in Christ were soon to be visited upon themselves. Ms89-1903.2

The greater destruction included in Christ’s description of the destruction of the Jerusalem—the destruction of the world—is near at hand. Soon the history of this earth is to be swallowed up in an endless eternity. Oh, of what great consequence this is to us! In view of this thought, how can members of the church of God spend their time in dissension and strife, criticizing and condemning one another? We have no call to sit in judgment upon others. To no human being is given the work of passing sentence upon his brethren. This work Christ alone can do. Ms89-1903.3

Christ has laid down the rules that we are to follow in dealing with one another. In His sermon on the mount He said, “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” [Matthew 5:23, 24.] Ms89-1903.4

If these directions were followed, how large an amount of mischief would be saved! How many misunderstandings would be removed! Ms89-1903.5

If there is any difficulty between you and a brother in the church, go to him, and try to explain away the misunderstanding. If possible, remove the cause of variance. Take the trouble from his mind, that there may be fellowship between you. Ms89-1903.6

This duty you are under obligation to perform before you offer your gift to God. The gift will not be accepted until this duty is done. Be reconciled to your brother. If the fault is on your side, remove the stone of stumbling that you have placed before his feet. Ms89-1903.7

A faithful effort to remove the misunderstanding will place you both in such relation to one another and to God that He can bless you. But you cannot receive His blessing while you are unwilling to do what you can to make things right, because to do this would require a humbling of your proud heart. Ms89-1903.8

Perhaps there is wrong on both sides. Perhaps both of you need the preparation brought by this duty, in order that you may be softened and subdued. Ms89-1903.9

Oh, the little misunderstandings that arise may be so easily removed. And until this is done, we are unprepared to take part in the holy ordinances of the Lord. Are you willing to do your part to adjust the differences that exist? Will you do all that you can to set things right between you and your brother? If you will, a vast amount of evil speaking and bitter feeling will be saved. Ms89-1903.10

These words I am instructed to present as a message from God. In the morning and at night let there be close investigation of self. Search the heart diligently, and you will find many wrongs that could and should be righted. Put away all that hinders communion with God. Ms89-1903.11

Christ says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9.] To make the confession necessary may require great strength of inward principle. It may be as a crucifixion to say, I did this great evil and sinned against God. Ms89-1903.12

I am instructed to say that there are sins between man and his God that no other human being need know anything about. If the one on whom such sins rest will make thorough work for repentance, the Lord will forgive him, and the burden will roll off his soul. He will then make confession to his fellow men, if he has wronged them, and as he confesses, God will be merciful and will forgive his sin. Ms89-1903.13

One such confession is the greatest evidence that can be seen of the miracle-working power of the grace of God, and it leads to other confessions, not general confessions, but confession of real wrongs, which have existed between brethren. And God values above gold or silver the one who makes such a confession. “I will make a man more precious than fine gold,” He says, “even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” [Isaiah 13:12.] Ms89-1903.14