23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Not much is as disheartening on the golf course than seeing a seemingly perfectly manicured putting green with numerous craters from unfixed divots. Many of us are evidently neglectful or careless in fixing the marks we make. The longer the divot is left unfixed, the greater the damage. We all have read the warning sign at the pro shop detailing how long it takes to fix a divot verses the time it takes for an unfixed divot to heal.
When we do harm to a brother or sister, we have to attempt to rectify the situation. As the scripture reflected above, love is more important than the sacrifice. Our sacrifices are unacceptable when offered with an unforgiving or unreconciled heart. Many times are spiritual efforts are hindered because of our heart. Just like the unfixed divot, the longer the issue is allowed to “mature”, the deeper and more hardened the wound becomes. When our heart is truly loving and forgiving, our motives and desires are in turn pure in the eyes of God.