Scripture: Numbers 5:5 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 6 Speak to the Israelites: When a man or a woman wrongs another, breaking faith with the Lord, that person incurs guilt 7 and shall confess the sin that has been committed. The person shall make full restitution for the wrong, adding one-fifth to it, and giving it to the one who was wronged.
Observation: I find it interesting that when someone “wrongs another” it is considered “breaking faith with the Lord”. There is a clear connection between human relationships and their collective relationship with God. A violation of the former often leads to a violation of the latter.
Application: People get crossways with one another, which in and of itself is not a sin. However, anger and resentment toward others often DOES lead to sin – which gets us out of right relationship with God. I’m wrestling today with the implication that keeping good human relationships is a spiritual discipline. Perhaps this is what Jesus was getting at when he said, “Blessed are the peace-makers”. Hmmm…
Prayer: Lord, give us grace to make peace in relationships where there is conflict. And in so doing, stay connected to you. Amen.