If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23
This passage is talking about being convicted by the Spirit. It is not talking about being overly sensitive to your own feelings, worrying and wondering about everything you do. But DO be sensitive to the Spirit of God in you and pay careful attention to anything that quenches His fire in your life. When the Spirit motivates you, respond immediately!
The strategy for dealing with such conviction from the Spirit is: “leave” “go” “reconcile” and then “offer”.
Leave. In other words stop right there. Drop what you are doing and make this the priority. Don’t rationalize, pass blame or make excuses. At this point your obedience IS your gift.
Go. This is the action behind the conviction. Often we may be convicted of something but never act on it. We must follow through with what the Lord tells us to do. This is not predicated upon the other party’s response or the ease to which the action may happen.This is strictly on you as an obedient follower.
Reconcile. Seeking forgiveness may not be an easy thing to do but it is necessary. Humility and godly sorry precede joy and unity.
Offer. The offering is but an outward representation of who and what we are. By extension it represents our hearts. Once the reconciliation is done, the offering is acceptable.
God’s desire is for us to dwell together in unity and for there to be peace among His people, which only happens when His people heed His Spirit.
For more on this topic, read My Utmost For His Highest