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Monday, February 05, 2007

It Really IS the Hardest Word!

SmuloSpace is a blog I’ve been directed to a couple of times. Just coming upon another blog doesn’t always warrant reference, but there’s something MORE here.

The post is about ‘being sorry’. My husband just finished reading a chapter in a book he’s reading about forgiveness. God was dealing with ME this weekend about forgiveness and a new CD I picked up has a song ALL about forgiveness. Not irony…more God-ON-ME!

These are the times God is clearly trying to get through to me. He knows after teaching me all these years that subtlety is not my best teacher. I need direct…pointed instruction. God is good to be direct with me!

This post at SmuloSpace says:

“If I had the opportunity to start over with people who aren’t a part of the Christian community, I would begin by saying this: ‘I’m sorry’.

One of the things that have been on my heart for years is the pain that Christians have caused to others.”

That’s the kind of directness I am speaking of. So I thought about this post…and the many comments that followed. It seems God is speaking loud and clear. If I choose NOT to seek forgiveness and offer it in the same heart, I’m missing the point completely.

So my own comment would go a little something like this:

“I’m sorry to those that I have ignored. I’m sorry to those I have been less than genuine. I’m sorry to those I have wronged in deed and word. I’m sorry to those whom I have spoken harshly to or judged too quickly. I’m sorry that I have offered less than what was freely given to me. I pray that somewhere, someone was able to show you truth in a way I didn’t. Please forgive me!”
It has become apparently that more than lyrically...'sorry' really may be the hardest word!


John Smulo said...

I'm so glad you got something out of this. Thank you for your encouraging comments.

I'd love it if you posted your apology on the post and I'll add it.


great2beme said...

I often have to go for unforgiveness I harbored, God is kind though he usually only brings me a couple at a time and I think I may be close to the end. I thought I had forgiven but looking back on it I know it didn't look much like it.

Spookie the Warrior said...

It is a very healing process to go through. Seeking and giving forgiveness...

Easy to talk about - VERY hard to do.

Grafted Branch said...

Amen! And Amen!

Our strongest Christian testimony, I'm convinced, is our ability to humble ourselves and need forgiveness from others.

Good thoughts, K.

Dawn said...

I am amazed at the amount of writing about forgiveness that I am reading lately - I think maybe there's a message here!

Thanks for your comments. Kev and I have our #2 up of our series. Quite a journey we're taking.