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Friday, January 7, 2011
"Making It Right"
“Moreover if thy brother shall
trespass against thee, go and tell him his
fault between thee and him alone: if he
shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy
II Timothy 4:7,8
As this new year
begins, we should be diligent to have things
right with all others. We ought to make
amends in each relationship that may have
In an age of social
networking and 24-hour connection with each
other, we have become more prone to gossip,
slander and other relationship-destroying
sins. As God's people we must be ready to
apologize and make things right.
If you have hurt someone
publicly, you should make amends publicly.
If you have included others in a problem
that is between you and another, then you
need to make things right with everyone
involved. When you do make it right, you
will have prevented many more relationships
from unnecessary damage. Often we will say
things about someone else and apologize to
them, but forget the damage we have done to
the others who heard our gossip.
I think this illustrates it
perfectly: In the washroom of his London
club, British newspaper publisher and
politician William Beverbrook happened to
meet Edward Heath, then a young member of
Parliament, about whom Beverbrook had
printed an insulting editorial a few days
earlier. "My dear chap," said the publisher,
embarrassed by the encounter, "I've been
thinking it over, and I was wrong. Here and
now, I wish to apologize."
"Very well," grunted Heath.
"But the next time, I wish you'd insult me
in the washroom and apologize in your
Let's remember how many
lives can be damaged by our words. Let's be
quick to speak good about others, and keep
quiet about the rest.
Study verses: Matt 18:15-19; Prov.
17:14, 19, 20, 27; 15:1-7, 18, 23, 28
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