You might think that his business would be destroyed. It wasn't! Why? When the bad mood passed and reason returned, he realized what he had done. He quickly found some way to make amends. He would send his offended customer flowers, or a ticket to a ball game, or send some other gift or do a favor to win them back. The gifts were often extravagant, the favors costly, but they did the trick.
He gave gifts and did favors, but he did not seek GOD’S help to remove his defects of character. He kept on being moody and ill-tempered. Sometimes, that is what we do. We do not seek to remove our defects, but instead cling to them as if they have some type of power. We can keep being “sorry” for our actions or words, or we can seek out and destroy any and everything that is not of GOD that dwells within us!
Let us also remember that in the area of making amends, we are not just to say we are sorry. We are not just to give gifts or do favors in an attempt to pour oil on troubled waters. We are to pray and work diligently against those defects of character that led to the acts for which we seek to make amends. While we may not be entirely successful, anything less than a sincere effort leaves us open to the charge of hypocrisy!
Dear FATHER, Please forgive us for trying to paper over our problems rather than solve them at the deepest level. LORD, we confess to laziness. We look for the easier, softer way and then wonder why things don't work out and our relationships continue in tatters. Help us Dear LORD, to truly make amends and thus heal our relationships with those we have wounded. Praying to YOU, my LORD, my GOD, JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, in YOUR Majestic & Precious Name. Amen.
Reading Isaiah 66:1-5 this morning…