Be Kind and Compassionate
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Yesterday we learned that pride often keeps us from humbling ourselves and asking others to forgive us for whatever we did to hurt or offend them. If you do this from your heart, do not be concerned that they might not be quick to forgive. You will have done your part. It may take them a while to do theirs.
If you handled it with God, and have humbly asked them for their forgiveness, let God work on their hearts that they might eventually come around to forgiving you. You will have cleaned up your side of it.
While it is very important, whenever possible, that we humble ourselves and ask forgiveness from those we have hurt, we must use good judgment about this. Above all, we must always try to be loving, kind, and compassionate.
If the person you sinned against does not know what you did, it may not always be wise to tell them since it might then hurt them very deeply. However, it is most important that we get right with God the Father by confessing to Him what we did wrong to the other person, and resolving not to behave that way again. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
If you have unconfessed sin and broken relationships, confess them to God the Father and repent. Ask Him to give you the gift of Holy Spirit discernment as to how to proceed with others.
Be kind and compassionate.
Dive Deeper: Study Ephesians 4; Colossians 3:12-14.