Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ “ Acts 23:5 (NIV)
Slap! He takes it right across his face! We have this natural reaction to fight back. Paul returns the lash with harsh words. But as soon as he realizes he has resorted to un-Christ-like behavior, he apologizes. It shows he has spent time with God. Knowing when to say sorry is something every Christian should strive to learn. Are we walking so closely with Christ that we realize when we stumble? Are we quick to seek pardon at all cost to ourselves and our egos? Do we know when we need to say we´re sorry?
Many Christians today like to view ourselves as warriors for the Lord. There are texts that make us see our situation as such. The problem with arming ourselves with this attitude of defense and preparing ourselves for attack is that it is not very congruent with our Leader. Christ still stands at the head of the ranks of those who would come before God. Those who care to stand surely by His side one day will need to have the same nature as the One who humbly shouldered His own cross. He taught us to turn the other cheek. Should we draw near to Jesus now while there is time to learn? Shall we ask His help in knowing when to say we are sorry?
Please change our very nature! Teach us to love and not to hate. Teach us to be humble and to know when to say we are sorry! Help us overcome unkind reactions so we can follow You and Your example right up to the Father we pray!