It’s Wednesday… usually my phone auto inserts Monday or Thursday lol so that’s weird… Anyway, I pray you all had lovely weekends and that Monday and Tuesday wasn’t too hard on you!
Awhile back I read this A and B dialogue about how little simply saying sorry fixes things. I shared it once with the kids I work with to explain to them how people can still be hurt even if they apologize. I don’t remember it exactly, but it goes something like this:
Person A: Take the plate in your hand and throw it down on the ground.
Person B: (throws plate and watches it shatter) Okay.
Person A: Now say sorry to the plate
Person B: Sorry
Person A: Did that fix the broken plate?
No matter how old we get, those words are a constant in our lives… used to express some actions that are miniscule and some that are huge. When we say and do things to the people we love, we sometimes don’t understand the damage we have caused. We’ve been taught since we were young to say sorry for our mistakes, but at some point we have to recognize that saying sorry doesn’t always fix what was broken and that sometimes sorry is like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole. Especially not just with words, it definitely needs to be backed up with action and lack of repetition.
On the other hand… forgiveness is also a concept that’s difficult for us to grasp. We sometimes get so caught up in our emotions that we refuse to grant it. Feel free to disagree, but forgiveness is for yourself, not even for the other person. Walking around holding on to feelings of hate, contempt, and resentment only drags you down… it doesn’t affect the other party involved. Luke 17:4 says, “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive…” Hopefully this will put it in perspective for you…I think about all of the mistakes I’ve made in my life, all of the sins I’ve committed knowingly and unknowingly and I think about where’d I’d be if when I asked God for forgiveness, He needed a while to think about it…
We all make mistakes, and when we do, we like to be forgiven for the things we’ve said or done. It works both ways. Are other people always deserving of forgiveness? Are we? I pray you all have a great day and I’ll talk to you Friday… only so it’s not so back to back. I love you all and I leave you with this…
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (komplex simplicity)