Words Of Truth - January 7, 2011

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Friday, January 7, 2011

"Making It Right"

Make 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 brother.
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 been hurt.
    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 newspaper."
    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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Previous devotions

"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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