Lifelines

Havoc in your life? 'I'm Sorry'

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 11/10/17

Your dining room chair leg is broken … your commode just overflowed … the lid to your slow cooker just broke … there’a big black mark on your front door … a silver spoon just fell into your garbage disposal … there’s a big scratch on your car door … your extra front door key is missing … I was cleaning your window and it broke … your mailbox got knocked down … there are tire tracks across your flower bed … the bathroom faucet is broken … the remote for your TV is messed up … “I’m sorry.”

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Havoc in your life? 'I'm Sorry'

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Your dining room chair leg is broken … your commode just overflowed … the lid to your slow cooker just broke … there’a big black mark on your front door … a silver spoon just fell into your garbage disposal … there’s a big scratch on your car door … your extra front door key is missing … I was cleaning your window and it broke … your mailbox got knocked down … there are tire tracks across your flower bed … the bathroom faucet is broken … the remote for your TV is messed up … “I’m sorry.”

Sounds like the poor little guy on "The Andy Griffith Show" (cousin to Barney). He tried so hard to do good, and everything turned out to be a disaster. But he was always genuinely remorseful.

Sometimes people can wreak havoc in your life … they don’t mean to — it just happens. But “I’m sorry,” helps make it better … “That’s OK,” you say sincerely, and you mean it. “No problem.”

But what is the response when harm is intentionally done, maliciously, to you as a person?

Jesus said, even then, we are to forgive. Although the person may never ask for forgiveness, we can’t afford to harbor that burden of unforgiveness — that’s luggage we don’t ever want to carry.

There are five reasons to forgive:

1. Jesus tells us to forgive (in the prayer He taught the disciples).

2. If we don’t forgive the wrong, it becomes our sin.

3. It gives place for Satan to take advantage.

4. God can’t take over the situation unless we turn it loose.

5. Forgiveness frees us from bondage of anger and resentment.

It may not always been an enemy that brings hurt. The Psalmist said in Psalm 55;12, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him.”

If we know hurt is imminent, we can protect ourselves (hide from it). But like a heart attack, hurt is never announced or scheduled. Satan will use a weak moment to pour injury and pain into our lives. And there it is.

Aren’t you glad you can always go to Jesus? “Take your burdens to the Lord … and leave them there.”

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