I Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Our first ability is to take responsibility.
Refusing to take responsibility for the harm you have caused others only leads to further damage.
As weeks, months, or years pass, lack of communication, unrelenting anger, and hateful emotional exchanges can all create tremendous anxiety.
The threatening atmosphere created by this tension often tempts you to focus on wrongs done to you, rather than taking responsibility for the wrongs you may have committed.
So, you persist in blaming others because it keeps you from dealing with the painful truth of your destructive behavior.
When you have harmed someone in the past, you really need to take responsibility for it. Yes, it is time to make things right family of God, and one of the premier points of this message.
Once you take responsibility without blaming others, your life will begin to change.
In the Old Testament, this was the case for Jacob upon returning to see his brother Esau. Jacob had come to accept that he had wronged Esau in stealing his birthright.
In the process of taking responsibility for his past behavior, he moved from awareness to action.
Prior to their reunion, Jacob and Esau’s relationship was ruled by fear. But once Jacob took responsibility for his past, things began to change, read this riveting story in (Genesis 32-33).
When Jacob eventually faced his brother, the two were able to express love for each other even though they both remembered the pain of the past.
All of us have done wrong and made bad choices in life. The bottom-line issue is that we are growing and mature when we take responsibility for who we are.
Our backgrounds and influences play a part in who we are: but we are responsible for what we become. It’s time to grow up and get a life and this requires taking responsibility.
Point to ponder
Accepting responsibility for wrongdoing can be a frightening thing because it requires us to face our weaknesses and means we have to stop blaming others for our problems. But you can take courage and instruction to do so as did Jacob. Seek God’s help in restoring your relationships.
- Do you have any unresolved family issues?
- How do you process relationship conflict in your life?
- Do you leave significant matters unresolved?
- Is it time to reconcile with family or friends?
- When relationship conflict arises do you blame others?
- Does being right mean more to you than being reconciled?
Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August 2019 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. David Straker, Ms. Chisa Tolliver, Mr. William Jones, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Darlene Simmons, Mrs. Denise Johnson, Ms. Itholear Abbott, Ms. Quiana Volney, Mrs. Barbara Mason, Ms. Mable Bazemore, Ms. Theresa Lewis, Mr. Ron Clarke, Ms. Divinia Stewart, and Ms. Gertrude Scott.
Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write to us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you, Great people.
We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads.
Follow me on Twitter @James Baker_jr as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.