Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels:
The reconciliation of two brothers, gentlemen of position in Liverpool, was effected by the late Rev. Dr. McNeile as follows: — Although, on account of an unhappy feud which was publicly known, they scarcely recognised each other, yet they both attended Dr. McNeile's church. He therefore preached on one Communion Sunday on the duty of brotherly reconciliation, taking his text from Matthew 5:23, 24. The blessed effect upon the alienated brothers was simultaneous. They remained as if by consent to communicate, and as they advanced from their respective pews towards the Communion table the pastor motioned them into juxtaposition at the rails, and as they knelt side by side he, in silent but expressive action, joined their hands together in the mutual grasp of restored fraternal affection, continuing till they sealed their reconciliation over the memorials of their Lord's dying love. Their widowed mother rejoiced as only a fond Christian mother could over the reunion of her children.
Parallel VersesKJV: Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels: