Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
I unintentionally hurt a relative’s feelings yesterday. What I meant to be humorous turned out to be hurtful and it would’ve gone unnoticed by me if an elder woman had not corrected me. I felt very bad and needless to say, convicted. I apologized on the spot yet I was uncomfortable until I went to bed last night.
Sometimes we can hurt someone without knowing we hurt them.
I had the opportunity to correct what I said first thing this morning. While I was getting ready for work, the Holy Spirit gave me what to say, and I took the steps to correct my unintentional. I explained myself; “Sometimes we can hurt someone without knowing we hurt them. But when it’s pointed out to us, we have to be humble and quickly go to the person we hurt, confess and apologize for the infraction.”
When I apologized my relative gave me a big old warm smile and said I was forgiven. I felt much better than I did before I went to bed the night before. Even though we try to walk as close to the Lord as we can, sometimes we do or say something that contradicts our walk. Being a Christian is a process and with each mistake, or in this case unintentional, we have a chance to recognize our mistake, confess it, correct it and become wiser in our walk.
Pressing toward the goal of our calling takes us through some pitfalls, but we pick ourselves up, forget about what happened and think about what could happen when we gain the prize of completing the race to Salvation that all believers are in.