I’ve been thinking about the Christian recovery group I was leading at my church a few years ago. The above quote reminded me of one of the steps involved in the healing process.
“Therefore, 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 them; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Jesus takes that act of saying “I’m sorry” very seriously. Jesus says that apologies are so important that we are to go to the person we’ve offended…apologize…. and then come back to present our gifts to Him.
So often in life I think we tend to get stuck at a certain point in our relationship with the Lord. We wonder why we are not growing. We wonder why there seems to be a disconnect. We feel as if we are not making progress. I think it is at this point it is wise to ask ourselves some questions.
What have I left undone?
What have I tried to sweep under the rug and pretend isn’t there?
Who have I hurt and have I made a sincere effort to apologize and reconcile?
There’s another verse that comes to mind when I think about the importance of saying “I’m sorry.”
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” ( Luke 6:31)
Gosh, it sounds so simple and yet sometimes it can be so difficult to live this verse out in our lives!
But, in order for complete healing to take place and in order for us to move forward…those two little words are so necessary.