We must remember that when we purpose in our hearts to seek the forgiveness of those whom we have wronged, God is working on the heart of the other person as well.

 

Now, bearing the fruit of repentance is not a walk in the park. Correcting past wrongs can put dread in your heart. It can give you a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach. I can tell you, I’ve been there!

 

But facing past sins will bring you the greatest blessing you could ever dream of as a Christian. 

 

On your own, this process is difficult. On your own, I even dare say it is impossible. But when you do it in Jesus’ power, when you do it in Jesus’ name, when you do it for Jesus’ sake, you will have all the strength you need. In fact, God will even go ahead of you and He will prepare the other person’s heart to soften them in advance of your words.

 

My friend, I want you to take a moment and examine your life today. Is there someone with whom you need to reconcile? Is there someone you have harbored bitterness and anger towards…even if it has been 20 years?

 

If so, I pray you will allow God to touch your heart today and that you will humble yourself before Him. Then be resolute in righting the wrong. You will experience blessings like never before!

 

Dr. Michael Youssef is the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a degree in theology from Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, as well as a master's degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has a doctorate in social anthropology from Emory University. Leading the Way is Dr. Youssef's radio and television ministry, which broadcasts throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Learn more at www.leadingtheway.org.