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Apologize Quickly

December 29, 2008

Apologize Quickly

Morgennebel Fog In The MorningIt is difficult being a Christian, isn’t it?  The world gives us a false reputation of having it all together.  Because every eye is on us we must act like Christ 100% of the time, right?  We must always smile, laugh, wise, and happy.  We should question our faith if we fell to do otherwise.  We must never fail.

Get ready to let out a big sigh of relief because this just isn’t true.  Salvation is offered because we are failures.  I know this post isn’t in the spirit of Joel Osteen but to sin is to fail.  Are we to remain failures?  No.  To sin literally means to miss the mark.  Imagine somebody trying to hit one of those big round targets with the bulls-eye in the middle.  When the bulls-eye is hit sin is avoided and to hit anything other than the center of the target is to fall into sin.

This weekend I missed the mark.  Family fights at Christmas really stink.  My mom and I got into a verbal confrontation.  I love my mom and worry about her.  She has bad habits that are ruining her life.  When she has had one too many she tends to abuse with her words.  What was my excuse then?  I didn’t drink any alcohol that day but still ended up missing the mark with the words I chose to use.  It hurts and my heart is uneasy.  What does one do when they find themselves in this situation?

Apologize Quickly!

If you find yourself in a heated argument with a loved one try and get away from the situation and cool down.  Ask God for forgiveness, wisdom to deal with the situation, spirit of reconciliation, and a swallowing of pride that allows you to go back to this person and apologize quickly.  Don’t be surprised if the person doesn’t accept your apology because my mom didn’t.  All you can do is seek forgiveness from God and from the person.  God will always forgive but the person may need time to process everything that is happening.  Once you have done everything possible leave it up to God allow His peace to reign in your heart and in your actions.

Scriptures To Consider

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. –Proverbs 12:20

No one calls for justice; no one pleads their case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. -Isaiah 59:4

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. –Matthew 18:21-22

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 11, 2009 4:12 pm

    Wow – really fantastic topic. I will blog about it too!

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