“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18
“Love is never having to say you’re sorry” was a popular quote from the movie Love Story many years ago. I beg to differ. The loving thing is to humble yourself and apologize. I received a phone call from a company while I was trying to get out of my office. I should have let it go to voicemail but I didn’t. At the same time I took this call someone walked into my office and began to talk to me as if I was not on the phone. I had somewhere to be, really didn’t want to hear the sales pitch and was trying to politely tend to the person speaking to me. After the initial pitch I asked for the information to be emailed to me. Later I felt that I had handled the phone call poorly. Thankfully, I did receive an email from this person explaining their product and with it was her contact information. I was grateful to have an opportunity to apologize. I received an email in return and was blessed by her grace. She explained that she didn’t feel I cut her off but was so grateful for the apology because she was having a bad day. It meant a lot to her that someone took the time to say “I’m sorry.”
Aren’t you grateful that you can come to your Heavenly Father and say “I’m sorry for…”? Aren’t you glad that His response is always filled with love and grace? Are you willing to extend the same love and grace to others? Maybe you have put off an apology. Would you prayerfully consider making that apology today? Just do your part humbly and truthfully and let God take care of the response. Praying you will offer your apologies today with courage!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.