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Monday, May 14: For where two or three gather in my name

MatthewWe return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 18:18-20

"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

Reflect

Jesus makes two more important points in speaking about difficult relationships. The differences are stark in the eternal consequences of either choosing to confess wrongs and offer forgiveness or instead refusing to do so. And if dissension does occur, the body of believers can be made healthy and strong again by sincerely coming together in prayer.

Respond

Harboring bad feelings and dwelling on hurtful actions, rather than resolving them, can ruin our relationships with other Christians. Do you have a situation that needs to be addressed to restore your fellowship and friendship with another Christian? Pray for God's wisdom to help you make things right.

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