Bible Reading: “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God. Matthew 5:23-24 (MSG)
Yesterday was filled with so much hype and excitement regarding the election. All over social media, people were exercising their first amendment right and sharing their political views and belief, something that has been done for months now leading up to this election. After yesterday’s Breakfast Bite, I declared I would operate in self-control and not fear. Well, I succeeded in the latter of the two, but when I was tested in self-control, I failed.
Someone whom I respect, posted an anti-voting message on one of their social media accounts. This wasn’t the first time I had seen a message like this from them, but this time I felt I needed to say something. I had reasoned with myself why I needed to speak up, scripted a quick message and “send”. Immediately, I got a response from someone else defending their anti-voting views. I responded and was reminded of our focus verse, from yesterday, 2 Timothy 1:7.
I had been tested and I failed. As we all do, when we are reminded of our wrong, I started to try and justify my actions. “There was absolutely nothing wrong with what I said. The problem is people feel the need to comment on everything even when they aren’t being addressed.” Another conviction. At this point, I knew I had to make it right.
The Bible teaches us in Matthew 18:15 that when we wrong our brother, we are to go to them and make it right. This verse also teaches us that we are to go to our brother privately to make amends. This passage is speaking about when someone wrongs you, but the same holds true when we wrong someone else.
I sent the individual a private message apologizing for my actions and I also asked for clarity as to why they felt so strongly about their views. This was my initial motive, but I realized it was done the wrong way.
As Christians, it is important that we are aware of our actions and how they affect the Kingdom of God. There will be times when we are tested, sometimes we’ll pass and other times we will fail, but the real test comes when we have to make the decision whether we will correct our wrong or not.
Prayer: Most Gracious Father, Your mercy, and grace is everlasting. Thank You for showing me the error of my ways and giving me to the opportunity to correct them. So many times we try to justify our wrong actions when Your desire for us is to repent and make amends, forgive me. Father, continue to allow me to see You in all things and remind me of when I need to go back and correct the situation. In Jesus’ name, Amen!