“A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.”
Proverbs 19:11 HCSB
Years ago when speaking with a friend I’d phoned, she paused and said, “You know, I thought our friendship had run its course.” Wow! I was dumbfounded, to say the least. Sure, we no longer went to the same church and definitely talked less frequently, but something else was up here. Our conversation ended a few minutes later, and, feeling like I was hung out to dry, I prayed for her. She had told me about some of her own family issues that cut much deeper than the pain her words inflicted; her plate was more than full, but I only found that out after I had told her about what I thought was a neat journalistic opportunity for the part-time writer.
Over the next nine to ten months I continued to pray for her and her family, for healing from the tragic difficulty they were going through. Then one day a note came in the mail with a return address from this friend. Odd. She apologized for her hurtful words, confirming they had nothing to do with me and everything to do with her circumstances. She requested forgiveness. I’m not going to say we are best friends now; we only talk on rare occasion, but when we recently were unwittingly paired together due to unusual circumstances, we were able to talk without awkwardness, having completely put aside old issues.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Do you need to ask forgiveness? 🚦
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