The Christian Public Servant – “forgive even without an apology”

October 12, 2016 – Wednesday

Ephesians 4:31-32 [NIV] Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

It seems like the workplace is a convenient setting to hurt someone’s feelings, and get away with doing so without ever apologizing. There are too many ways to “keep going” at work – too many ways to pretend like nothing happened. This makes it hard to forgive a coworker who hurts you – especially when there is no “I’m sorry.”

Have you ever been hurt by a coworker who did not apologize?

Well, for a moment try to imagine that he just didn’t know any better. Or maybe no one taught her about kindness or compassion. Or maybe no one loved that particular coworker when he was a child – or still doesn’t love him as an adult. Maybe the person comes to work from a place of hurt, and she brings a heart filled with hurt. After all, hurt people often hurt other people.

As you reflect on that coworker, remember Christ wants you to forgive even without an apology. Only He knows what is going on in that person’s heart, and rest assured, He is working on that heart. So as a Christian public servant, do what Christ wants – respond with His love and not with your own hurt feelings.

Today at work, there may be times when someone will do and say things to hurt you. And the coworker may do this and never say “I’m sorry.” You have a choice to make. You can hold on to that hurt, become bitter, and lash out to retaliate or even hurt others. Or you can follow scripture – obey God – and be a reflection of Christ.

Which will it be?

At work today, forgive even without an apology and open the way for God to do some healing.

Dear Heavenly Father, soften my heart today so I might forgive others as You forgive me. Help me understand that an apology may never come, but I must be willing to forgive – with or without it. Help me model Your Son’s example of forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Dawnielle Ballard
Health Partner Resolution Specialist
Youngstown, Ohio USA

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