August 9, 2022     2:56 pm
307. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Lord’s Supper - Remove offences first
          If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.   Mathew 5:23,24
          Suppose that by a sin which you have committed, or by what appeared such, you have given offence to one or more or all of your brethren in the congregation, so as to give them reason to think that you are still impenitent, and, possibly, by your bad example to cause weak Christians to be led astray. What must you do then if you would be a true Christian? You must at once, quickly, with haste, eagerly and willingly remove this offence. And how should you do it? You must tell all who know of the matter that you are heartily sorry for what you have done, and that you humbly seek comfort in God's grace, and with the help of God desire to amend your ways. And you must not go to the Lord's Supper, nor should your pastor permit you to commune, until you have done so. The offence would be far greater if you would go to the Lord's Supper before doing this. God wants you to first remove the offence in this manner. See what our text at the head of our devotion says. No offering, no prayer, nothing that you may do, least of all your partaking of the Lord's Supper is acceptable with the Lord unless you remove the offence you have given. But a true child of God, who is sincerely sorry for his sin, certainly is glad and willing to remove the offence he has given by his sin.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I am Yours. Keep me from sin! Because I am Yours, I am Your witness who is to proclaim You by word and deed, that Your Christian Church may be built also by me. Graciously guard me against giving offence to others! And when, by reason of the weakness of my depraved flesh and the temptations of the evil spirit, I have given an offence, help me by Your Holy Spirit to repent straightaway and remove the offence. And then let me be assured of Your grace through Your holy Sacrament. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:56 pm