One day a man in ministry with whom I had crossed paths for a short while wrote me an incredible apology for something he had done. The apology was so very beautiful and struck me for two simple and powerful reasons. First, it was so heartfelt, so honest, so raw, and so humble and kind. That in itself, in this day and age, was so unbelievably refreshing. The second reason is this. I have been hurt many times through the years, and most of the people who have hurt me, Christians included, have not acknowledged that they hurt me and most assuredly not apologized.
The Lord commands us to love one another, and in loving one another, we need to seek the forgiveness of one another when we do wrong and forgive one another with the love of Christ. We all do wrong at one time or another, none of us is immune from being hurt nor immune from causing hurt. We live in a fallen world, and hurt is inevitable. It takes humility to admit our wrongdoing. Assuredly we are to seek the forgiveness of Christ. And, when He so leads us, we should also seek the forgiveness of others.
When was the last time you asked someone for forgiveness? Is a beautiful apology in order?
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32