Apologies Not Unkindly Received

2 Chronicles 30:9

The Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.

Acts 3:19–20

Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

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Perhaps you’ve experienced the sting of an apology unkindly received. You did something wrong. You admitted it. You said you’re sorry. You put out your hand. And the one to whom you apologized turned it all back on you. “You bet you were wrong! I hope you rot in…” I’ve been there. Sadly. That was more than 25 years ago, and I can still remember the feeling of blood rushing to my face, my ears beginning to burn, my stomach tied in knots.

A wise older pastor gave me some thoughts – things I wish I would have said (or not!) like, “OK, you can let God back on this throne now.” That spiteful unkindness serves as a wonderful counterpoint to the grace, mercy, kindness, goodness, and love of God who “will not turn away his face” when you return to him, and who refreshes our souls with his forgiveness.

Is there a sin for which you need to seek Gods’ mercy, and the peace, comfort and renewal? That comes from his forgiveness. Turn to him and you will find that your apology is most kindly received. You will discover a peace beyond understanding when you lay your sins at the foot of Jesus’ cross.

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