When we go out in public, we are nice to strangers and people at work. We give our best all day, and then we return home to give our families what’s leftover. King David said in Psalms that a stranger couldn’t hurt him, but another believer could. We are most easily offended by the people who matter to us.
Never Say, “I’m Sorry, But…”
It is important when an offense comes to say, “I’m sorry.” The more important thing is NEVER to say, “I’m sorry but…” because everything before the word BUT disappears and the focus is on what comes after that. When someone says, “I’m sorry.” Thank them for saying I’m sorry. Share that it made you feel a certain way when they that person said or did a particular thing. Never say, “You always” or “You never.” Give the emotion time to subside before you go into depth. Find common ground and find the good.
Lord, you tell us to forgive seventy times seven times a day and that you will forgive us as much as we forgive others. I ask you to forgive me for burning bridges that were simply stressed out. I will be a bridge builder, not a bridge burner. My blessed days are ahead of me, for you have healed me, and I am moving forward. Amen!