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Reconciliation or Retaliation?

"If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother (or sister) has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother (or sister); then come and offer your gift." - Matthew 5:23-24
I am a firm believer that one of the greatest indicators of our relationship with God is measured in how we relate to one another.  It seems only natural that the grace given to us freely by God should flow through us and be shared with all those we are in contact with.  This simple truth has helped me to see others as God sees them - beloved, sacred, and worthwhile.  Of course, I have my moments (I know, big surprise!) where I see someone as less than sacred, and less than "deserving" of the grace that I certainly deserve (an obvious sign that I need a double-dose of humble pie!).  The fact of the matter is that human relationships are complex, and sometimes downright dirty.  
Jesus knew what it w…