I was on the outs with five people last week. It wasn’t my best week. Today I am at peace with all five of them. That fact dawned on me while driving home from the market this afternoon: bang, bang, bang, bang, bang—five brushfires doused, five bloodlettings stemmed, five fellowships restored. Praise God!

Two instances were people I had sinned against. They weren’t first-tier sins, but they were sins. The way I handled those was to ask forgiveness. I made the apologies twice in the course of the conversation, just to make sure they knew it wasn’t a throwaway line. So then, the modus operandi was Matthew 5:23-24: “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

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