Trying to be funny on FB, I made a stupid remark on a family member’s post. That was 9 months ago and his wife, one of my dearest friends, is just now speaking to me again. Yes, I apologized way back when I realized I’d blundered, but I just couldn’t get all the dirt back into the hole, I had struck a heart blow to a dear, precious soul-sister.
So this afternoon, I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit and His conviction. He convicted me of my careless words and I did go into repair mode very quickly. But he also convicted my friend for harboring anger and sailing away in a boat directly opposite of Ninevah. Because of God, we are now mending our relationship and I will work tirelessly to re-establish lost trust. I’m thankful for the model God has given us to work toward reconciliation and restoration of relationship. Even daft, thick-headed, insensitive people like me have hearts that can be molded away from self and toward Christlikeness.
So, thank you, Lord. Thank you for modeling forgiveness and issuing grace. Help me to be like you. I love you… thank you for loving first.