Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV
It was twenty years ago. One would have thought I would have forgotten all about it, but I hadn’t. Occasionally, almost out of nowhere, the thought would strike me and I would feel the guilt all over again. Twenty years ago I committed a sin against someone. I wronged him. Though I had asked God for forgiveness countless times, and felt that forgiveness, I had never done anything to mend the relationship between me and the one I had wronged. A couple of months ago I went to the person and made things right. He said he didn’t even know that I had done anything wrong. We had a great talk and I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Last week, my youngest son (11 years old) told me he needed to talk to me. I told him to go ahead and talk, but he asked if we could go outside. I knew it was important. When he started the conversation with “four months ago...” I suspected this was big stuff. He told me that he and a couple of friends had done something wrong. It had been bothering him, and he needed to get it off his conscience. We prayed together and I assured him that he was okay with me and with God.
I am so pleased that my son is quicker to respond to God’s call for repentance that I was. What took me twenty years took him four months. May the condition of his heart continue to grow!
Dear Christian friend, if you have done something wrong, and you have asked God to forgive you, then you are forgiven through the blood of Jesus. The Bible tells us that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you haven’t done this first step, then do so before you do anything else. Perhaps, though, there is a break in fellowship with another person that will never be right until you take the first step towards reconciliation. Maybe there is someone who needs to hear you say you’re sorry. Maybe this person has forgotten all about the problem, but you haven’t. You can’t go on to complete contentment in life until you make things right.
Can I offer you some friendly advice? Take care of it today!
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