The Apology

Friday, February 8, 2013
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Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (NIV)

A number of years ago, a family member wrote a letter of apology to me concerning their behaviour in the past. That letter changed our relationship immediately. A relationship which had always been somewhat strained became warm and comfortable, all because someone was humble enough to regretfully acknowledge their offence, and someone else was humble enough to accept their peace offering.

What a difference something as simple as a heartfelt apology can make when it comes to establishing and maintaining unity. And yet, apologies are often anything but simple for many people. Pride has a way of keeping us from even acknowledging that we may be in the wrong, much less allowing the thought to enter our mind that an apology may be in order. Pride can also be the villain which hardens our heart not to accept a sincere apology when it is offered.

How many relationships, friendships, even families have been ruined when a sincere apology or the acceptance of an apology could have turned things around, re-established unity, and prepared a place for love to flourish once again?

Today, perhaps you are aware of a strained relationship between yourself and someone else. If so, perhaps an apology, if you are in the wrong, or the acceptance of an apology which may come your way will be all that it takes to re-establish unity and the blessing of the Lord which comes when humility leads the way.

Prayer: Father God, how good and pleasant it is when we live together in unity, one with another. Bless us this day with humble, honest, and forgiving hearts to do what is right in Your sight. Re-establish friendships, families, work relationships, and neighbours, as sincere apologies flow through the prompting of Your Holy Spirit in the lives of Your people. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great advice there girl!

    Thanks as always, Lynne.
    May you enjoy this Family Day long weekend.

    Great message Lynne! The world would be a much better place if there was less pride and more apologies.

    Lynne, This is very good and I believe I also needed to read something on this today. I always enjoy what you share, however today is special. Thank you and the Peace of the Lord be with you.

    Dear Lynne: You are right.
    Apologies need to be easily forthcoming as necessary, but we can be very hesitant!
    Take care. We are having a blizzard here in southern Ontario today.
    Keep warm and God’s richest blessings on you.

    Good Afternoon, Lynne:
    This is a timely topic indeed. I recently made contact with my sister who has not spoken to me in many years. As yet she has not made any reply. However I still keep praying for wisdom and I know the Lord will make things right in His time and His way.
    Thank you for this devotional.

    Dear Lynne,
    You are so right. Living in peace with family and friends is so much better than being on edge all the time. My Mom lives in an apartment building and down the hall from her lives a lady who has been hurt by family many, many years ago in her youth. Unfortunately, she still carries bitterness from that and takes it out on most everyone she meets which makes everyone there bitter towards her. But somehow the Lord is using my Mom to build a friendship with her and I pray that one day she will come to know Christ as Saviour through my Mom’s testimony of friendship.

    Hi Lynne.
    A very good subject for a devotional. If all people could just realize the harm done by refusing to apologize or accepting an apology we’d be living in a far different world. What is worse is the case of a person being counseled by others to refuse to apologize or to accept an apology. We have seen friendship and families ruined because of the hardness of peoples’ hearts.
    And a huge reason for this is ignorance of the Holy Writ which teaches us to say we are sorry or to pardon those who trespass against us.
    Hopefully your devotional will find fertile ground today!
    God bless you Lynne.

    Good Morning Lynne:
    Thank you for your great devotional. Here’s a few statements from my collection:
    (Lynn Johnson / Cartoonist / For Better Or For Worse) An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.
    An apology is a good way to have the last word.
    Apologizing doesn’t always mean you are wrong, and the other person is right. It means you value your relationship more than your ego.
    (Joseph Jobert) An ounce of apology is worth a pound of loneliness.

    Amen and amen, Lynne. An apology followed by forgiveness carries more worth than gold. Blessings.

    Keep writing.

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