Once we’ve said it, it’s impossible to take it back. We can
say we’re sorry, but that doesn’t remove the impact the words created, whether
intentional or not, our words can be weapons of mass destruction. But it's not just our words that can be used to hurt or
harm a person, sometimes it’s the words we
don’t say as well.
Recently I chose not to say anything after a friend was hurt
by something I had said: the problem was, I was equally hurt because she took
what I had said the wrong way – we both were hurt by
something that was never intended to hurt. My biggest mistake in the whole
thing was my silence, I chose not to correct the situation and apologize for
the miscommunication. What bothers me the most out of this predicament, is that
she is a new Believer and I don’t want her taking offense. I should have spoken out from the beginning and
now I’m concerned that my late apology might not be enough for her and the last
thing I want is her heart to be hardened by my mistake.
Thank you God that you are a loving, kind, and merciful God. Thank you God, that you allow us to come boldly to your throne of grace and receive your mercy, I pray that you would keep my own heart tender so that I wouldn't take offense, but keep my focus on you, by blessing and encouraging others, and to speak up when I need to.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any
comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts
tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly
with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and
purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to
impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests,
but take an interest in others, too. You
must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT)
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