“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over” Matthew 18:15, NIV
Imagine you’re walking with your friend, and as you’re going into a store, she steps on your foot, and it hurts you terribly. Some of us would say right then and there, “Ouchhhh! That hurt!” To which your friend will apologize, your foot will heal, and you go on and enjoy your time together.
However, what if your friend stepped on your foot, but you didn’t say anything at all? You waited and waited and after several months, you try to tell your friend, but they don’t remember a thing.
When it comes to our relationships, it’s best to deal with offense and hurts right when they happen. Don’t wait to say, “Ouch!”
Because of my upbringing, I found it difficult to express hurtful emotions. I didn’t know how to express it, so I held it in and repressed it until Holy Spirit showed me this truth. Next time someone hurts you or disappoints you, just say, “Ouch! That hurt!” Don’t wait or try to pretend like it didn’t affect you. Deal with offense and hurt swiftly.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for teaching me this truth. Help me not wait to say ouch. Help me learn your wisdom and your way. And when someone tells me I’ve hurt them, help me to respond quickly with a heartfelt apology. Help me to be quick to repent and quick to forgive. Bless every relationship in my life that you’ve given me and be glorified in them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Matthew 18:15-16; Luke 17:3; Matthew 18:21-22)