AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS, FOR WE ALSO FORGIVE EVERYONE WHO IS INDEBTED TO US. AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE
I once talked to a pre-teen about a lie that had crept into his heart. You see, the boy believed that he was a failure because of something his dad once said to him. A few years passed and the boy grew into a handsome teenager. One day, I ran into him again and enquired about his lie of feeling like a failure. He cheerfully answered, “Oh, that lie has been removed.” Astonished at his remark, I asked him how he got rid of this lie. He answered, “My dad said he was sorry for what he said to me and asked me to forgive him.”
Today I bless you to believe that it does make a difference to say, “I am sorry.” It does make a difference to offer an apology in a spirit of submission. It does make a difference to be atoning and show regret. To say, “I am sorry” can help deliver someone from the evil one.
FOOLS MOCK AT MAKING AMENDS FOR SIN, BUT GOODWILL IS FOUND AMONG THE UPRIGHT
Beloved, you need to understand that to seek forgiveness for an offense could soften someone’s hardened heart and release him from further temptation to hold onto his bitterness. To be atoning could deliver someone from strongholds set in place by the father-of-lies. Dropping your defense and offering an apology could make space for My Truth to enter someone’s darkened understanding and set him free.
A GENTLE ANSWER TURNS AWAY WRATH, BUT A HARSH WORD STIRS UP ANGER
Believe that your gentle answer could turn away strong vengeful anger and indignation. Your gentle answer could soften someone’s heart enough to open a channel for My Grace to enter his soul, for My Hope to be revealed in his mind, and for My Love to heal his heart. May you be willing to offer an apology to those who might be holding something against you, My Child. May you do this for My Glory.
Is there someone you owe an apology?
What is standing in your way? I urge you to bring the belief that is keeping you from apologizing, to God, and ask Him for His Perspective.
PRAYER: Majesty, I bring my doubting heart to You. It is filled with fear and uncertainty. As I bring these negative beliefs to You, fill me with Your Truth, so I may do what is right.
Maintain an Awareness
If you surrender your pain to the father-of-lies, he will coax you into sinful solutions of hiding, blaming, and running. He will take you down that broad road of destruction where he will kill you from the inside out.