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“I’m Sorry”

Verse For Today: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).

Alexander Pope wrote in his Thoughts on Various Subject, “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”

There are some people that seem to say “I’m sorry” about everything. They are overly concerned about hurting people over the slightest act. They apologize if the restaurant food isn’t to their friend’s liking, or they apologize the weather is too hot. They may even apologize the sunset wasn’t as beautiful as was promised. These people are to be esteemed for their heart’s in the right place, but they overburden themselves with the responsibility of the world on their shoulders. They need to learn that everything that goes wrong isn’t their fault.

Then there are others who never apologize for anything. Pride gets in the way. When they are in the wrong, they will act as if nothing happened, and they think that should be good enough. If it is a minor infraction that doesn’t cause any harm we should let it go. As the saying goes, “no harm, no foul.” I remember a brother called a young mother to see how her baby was. The mother got upset because the phone call woke her baby. At the next worship service, her husband got in the man’s face and said, “I am here to get an apology for my wife.” Needless to say that relationship didn’t go anywhere. The man apologized, but he felt that any relationship with that couple would be unhealthy.

I’ve heard about men who stay out all night and come back as if nothing has happened. No apologies, or explanations. Obviously, these men do no properly love their wives.

Whenever we wrong another person, God expects us to make amends for that. We must ask for forgiveness, and seek to correct the harm done if possible. Even Zacchaeus promised to restore four fold if he had been an unfair tax collector (Lk. 19:8).

Let’s find that balance where humility destroys destructive pride.

Song: Angry Words

Dear Father, grant us the insight to see when we’ve wronged others, and sincerely say “I’m sorry.” Help us not to be too sensitive when we are slighted or wronged in trivial matters, and when we seek resolution, let us do it with the spirit of Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com



The Wager

Today’s Verse: “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7 NIV).

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) made an argument for the truthfulness of God’s existence based upon “a wager.”
“If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.” Since reason alone may not provide undeniable proof for some, they are left with either acceptance or denial. But if they accept God and they are wrong, they are none the worse than if they did not accept him. But if they deny God and are wrong, the consequences are tremendous. The best option is to accept God.


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Our Defense

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15 NAU).

Today, Christians are mocked, ridiculed and even persecuted for their faith, yet we do not react with vengeance or violence, but for anyone to say one word of criticism about Mohammed or Allah, or the Koran there are serious consequences to pay.


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