‘Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.’ Psalm 78:4 NIV
A legacy, good or bad, is something handed down from one person to another. Perhaps, over time, God has healed your hurts and you’ve moved on, but what have you left behind? We might have used harsh words that stemmed from what was happening in our lives at the time; but now we’re able to see things more clearly, and feel ashamed of the hurtful words we said.
James writes, ‘Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.’ (James 1:19–20 NLT) Your words can do lasting damage. The Bible says, ‘See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.’ (Hebrews 12:15 NIV) Have you planted seeds that caused a root of bitterness to grow in someone’s heart? If possible, make amends by seeking forgiveness and trying to set the record straight with those left hurting over a situation you now feel differently about. It’s humbling, but you won’t feel right towards God until you’re right with those He loves.
Jesus said, ‘If you are about to place your gift on the altar and remember that someone is angry with you… leave your gift… make peace… then come back and offer your gift to God.’ (Matthew 5:23–24 CEV)
Dr Dale Turner writes: ‘It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them… A mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows weakness of character.’
SoulFood: Jer 45–48, Matt 25:31–46, Ps 109:1–15, Pro 15:22
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023