He brought a verse to memory, although I couldn't remember it exaclty and I couldn't think of the reference. So, as I was searching through my Bible's concordance and previous sermon notes, God brought me to these verses:
- James 5:16a - Confess your faults one to another.
- I John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
You see, I have a friend that believes she has something against me. Even though what I originally did wasn't wrong, she was hurt by it. I have apologized for the hurt. I have asked God's forgiveness for hurting her. Then, believing I could "clear the air" with all parties involved, I hurt her again. I was concerned that I would be offering my sacrifice to God with something in my heart and life that would make my sacrifice unacceptable to God. God continually brought me to verses to show me that I've tried to do everything I can to make the situation right.
Unfortunately, it does not work like a giant eraser. There are still hurt feelings on both sides. There is still quite a bit of awkwardness. It is something we will both have to work through. And, I know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God is good. All the time!