Carrying the guilt of sin is about as much fun as dragging around a load of bricks. Nothing brings so much relief as repentance before God. Some situations, however, require more than an “I’m sorry, God” to make right. Have you ever yelled at a parent? Hurt a friend’s reputation through gossip? Taken something that wasn’t yours? You need to ask forgiveness from the one you hurt. In fact, God wants you to ask forgiveness from the one you wronged before you even bring Him an offering.
One reason this is so important is that your relationship with others is an extension of your relationship with God. In a famous parable, Jesus said, “As you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.” When you mistreat others, it’s as if you’ve mistreated Him. You can’t take advantage of someone and then turn around and tell God, “I love You.” It just doesn’t ring true.
Asking forgiveness is usually humbling—and even painful. But the best things in life don’t come easy, and you’ll never regret doing what’s right.
Pray: Jesus, if I’ve done anything to hurt someone, open my eyes. I don’t want the way I treat others to stand in the way of my friendship with You. I know that my actions reflect on You, and when people look at me, I want them to see Your love, grace, and humility. Forgive me for my sins, and give me the courage to do whatever it takes to make them right.