"Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends." ESV
Love is active, it is always being and doing. Exposing an offense committed by someone is also active, always being and doing. It is better and pleasing to the Lord to act with love. This way we will be letting go of the offense or keeping it between ourselves and the offender, which will keep the door of unity open for reconciliation and forgiveness. Talking about the offense to others will serve to deepen the wounds, spreading strife to other people.
Heavenly Father, we so desperately need Your grace to be able to cover offenses directed toward us. Help us to keep these matters between You, us, and the offenders so that we can work toward forgiveness. Make us aware when we are about to repeat the offense to others and the consequences that could bring. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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