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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:19
Forgive and Forget
I have a friend who is a divorce attorney. She spends her days and nights separating people who, at one time, had pledged to be with each other until death do they part. Because she sees marriages as they are coming apart, she has a unique insight into how this happens to couples. So one day, I asked her what does it take for people to not wind up in her office. Her answer was simple yet amazing. According to my friend, most couples could stop the march to the courthouse if one party could say two words in time, “I’m sorry.”
In her learned opinion, an apology would stop people from what for many is the worst day of their lives. She told me what marches people to court is someone has said or done something, and they didn’t apologize. A well-timed apology does three things. First off, a well-timed apology assuages anger. It stops the aggrieved party from continuing to escalate in rage. Secondly, a well-timed apology shows that the apologizing person accepts responsibility for what they have done. That responsibility lets the other person know that they are cared for. Finally, a well-timed apology lets both parties start over if they want to. It gives them a choice to not continue down this road but to go in another direction.
Friends, in the same way that a well-timed apology can stop a divorce, a well-timed apology can keep you in good stead with God. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All of us have done things that we are not proud of and should not have. All of us also have the chance to go to God for forgiveness. No matter what we have done, if we go to God and repent, God is faithful to both forgive and forget.