Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Apology in Five Languages
Donald Moore was our teacher
at the Bible Study Sunday Morning at Open Door Church.I took notes and also used his hand out from Pastor
Gary D Chapman.I present an edited
message for you here.
Life is relationships with
God and with people.Sin separates us
from God and daily living can separate relationships.
Romans 3:23 reminds us that
we all fall short and with that in mind, at some point we must apologize or
suffer the consequences of not apologizing.
Just saying, “I am sorry,” is
not good enough.We must attach the why
I am sorry to the apology.
regret:It is important to be
52:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart
The Prodigal Son showed
regret although he did not apologize.
Luke 15:21 And
the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I
am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
2.Accepting Responsibility:“I was wrong.”This type of apology is usually proceeded by
hiding and hoping it will go away.Adam
and Eve hid and covered their nakedness.
is needed and an apology will bring Finality.We all make mistakes, but don’t linger to make things right.God is always quick to forgive when we
John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
is time to own up and not delay our confession.
restitution or at least offering to make restitution.Luke 19:8And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord;
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any
thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Perhaps it would be good to
let the Lord determine how this is done.
expresses a desire to change and stop unwise behavior.
Acts 2:38Repent and be
saved and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
7:10For the sorrow that is according to
the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation,
It is difficult to continue a
relationship once trust has been broken and a person has been betrayed.Trust must be earned and true repentance made
before fellowship can be restored.
Thankfully God does not
follow this man made rule, but He is longsuffering and ready to restore broken
fellowship when the person approaches Him with sincerity and a broken and
contrite heart and is ready to follow Jesus
forgiveness is necessary – not just apologizing.
One way of doing this is to let the person
know that you value their friendship.“I
value our friendship”“I appreciate
A Poll was taken and 10% of
the people polled never apologize.Here
are three suggestions for those people:
1.Most sincere apologies will be accepted.
2. Verbalize so that it
speaks to the heart.
3.Recognition is just as important as
application.Be kind:Confess and forsake, and perhaps offer a
gift, to the person as you speak to them in love.
I am sorry I ate the Last Biscuit - Please forgive Me.