A Haiku - Repentance
The first step of repentance is recognizing the wrong.
A Haiku - Repentance
Abe Lincoln knew it.
Jesus taught it. We do it:
Redeem our mistakes.
The burden of the one wronged is forgiveness. The burden of the one doing the wrong is making things right and repenting.
I believe that sometimes we even do ourselves wrong.
How do we make up for doing that?
Whatever wrong we do, it takes a change to make a difference.
If you have wronged a family member, or even the whole family, it takes a change to show you are truly sorry for what wrong you did.
The same will be the case, even if the only one wronged was yourself, perhaps by being or doing something less than what you know you were capable of being or doing.
Let's take a minor example. You are dead tired toward the end of a busy day, and so is your wife. The evening meal is just over and there are dishes to be done. You know you should help your wife, but you say how tired you are and go to bed, leaving her to do the dishes without the help you could have given so she could also rest.
You know you let her down, and in the process you let yourself down.
What should your next step be, if you didn't go right back to help her?
When she finally comes to bed, apologize, tell her honestly how you feel, and in the future take steps to show her you meant it by helping her when you can, just as she undoubtedly helps you.
Surely that is a minor, but all too frequently real example, often repeated in somewhat similar circumstances.
Other failings are more severe, but correction and repentance all start with the willingness and determination to make things right and overcome the failing.
Sincere apologies, restitution when it is called for, and demonstrated change, may all be part of true repentance, and true repentance is the only kind of repentance there is.
It can be as simple as sincerely saying "I'm sorry. I hope you will forgive me."
Someone once said, and I wish I could remember who said it, "Anger and hatred are like swallowing poison and expecting that other person to die."
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