Do you have the power to say sorry? And even more so do you have the ability to forgive?
Today, I was reminded that my pride was standing in the way of my ability to say that I was sorry to someone that I had wronged. So stubborn in my ways, I was allowing my pride to hold an anger about something that I had done wrong! Isn’t that crazy?! As humans, we will surely make mistakes that will undoubtedly hurt the feelings of another person- its just how life is and as we live and continue to grow we must “check” our actions and deeds. I was wrong. So, I swallowed my pride, got my thoughts together and I sincerely apologized. I knew what I said could have been said better and I needed to admit that and ask for forgiveness. If you know that you have offended your brother/sister GO! And ask for forgiveness. Release what you feel about it and do the right thing.
Now on the flip side, we also need to have the mindset to forgive… not that we would ever forget but we need to place our hearts open to those who want to say, “I’m sorry”. Sometimes people think if we hold the apology over someone’s head or we don’t accept the apology, we still have the right to be mad or make that other person beg for our forgiveness. Let me tell you by experience, if that is something that you have done, or you are currently doing then you are only hurting yourself. Forgive. For It’s truly the gift that you give yourself.
My point is that we as people can be just as stubborn to say sorry as we are to forgive. The next time that you are offered an apology, receive it, and whether you accept it or not- please be mindful that one day you too will have to give someone else an apology for there is not one of us without flaws. Live in the power that God has given you- treat others how you want to be treated and God will honor that.