Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:17, Romans 12:18
Eli’s impulsive words were hurtful and accusatory. Scripture doesn’t indicate that he ever apologized for judging Hannah so quickly. But, he did redeem himself by speaking this blessing: “May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.”
Funny thing about human nature. Hurtful words slip out so quickly, but apologies get stuck in the throat. Why is it so difficult for people to admit when they’ve done something wrong? I think we know.
Pride divides but peace unites. An apology and a spoken blessing go a long way toward healing broken relationships. Paul admonished, “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Even if the other person makes no attempt to pursue peace, we should apologize, forgive, or speak a blessing on someone’s life. It’s called taking the high road.
- What makes it difficult for people to take ownership for their mistakes? How long does it take you to course-correct?
- With whom do you need to make peace? How can you make that happen?