powerful words

An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.

~Lynn Johnston

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.

‚ÄúTherefore, 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.

5 thoughts on “powerful words

  1. frogsview

    Wonderful words. Some good advice a pastor gave in a wedding I attended soon after I was married, lo those 30 years ago was the importance of 4 simple words – 'Will You Forgive Me?'

    I have spoken them many times to my wife over the years and it has helped clear the air when needed.

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  2. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Excellent post Eileen.

    Sadly, I think the powerful simplicity of Luke 6:31 is lost on a great many people. We all find ourselves in that trap now and again, but if we all keep striving to love as Jesus loved, and follow his divine example then hopefully someday we'll all get there.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  3. Heidi

    Apologies are so freeing to me… we're often trapped by guilt when we've done something wrong and saying I'm sorry breaks the chains and heals the hearts of both parties. Thanks for this reminder! Blessings!

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  4. Kandi

    Hey Eileen!

    I have missed your blog the last few days so I am playing catch up. Those two little words are the hardest words to say, and yet they hold so much power!

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