This week’s post is simple: If you need to ask someone for forgiveness, do it immediately. I had a choice to do that this week.
This week, a great friend of mine pointed out a behavior to me that falls well below my personal standards. It wasn’t terribly easy to hear, but I could recognize the truth in what he said. As I pondered his words later that day, I got the Holy Spirit prompting that I needed to ask this friend for forgiveness.
We have a choice when we know we need to ask for forgiveness. We can either do it (obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit for Jesus followers) or make excuses why we don’t need to seek forgiveness. In these situations, our excuses not to seek forgiveness are usually just lame excused to protect our pride.
I am blessed that my friend gave me forgiveness. When I think about it, had I instead chosen to protect my pride (which is easy for me to do!), it could have cost me a dear friend. In my book, that was far too high a price to pay.
I tell you that to encourage you to seek forgiveness when you know it’s what you need to do, so that you don’t wind up making a relationally costly mistake.