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The familiar voice on the other end of the phone line answered, “Larry’s Sports Center.”

“May I speak to Rachel, please?” I asked.

While I waited to be transferred, my mind raced with the suggestion, why don’t you hang up and just be nicer next time?

But I realized that I had to apologize to Rachel. After all, I was a Christian.

As I waited to be connected, I recalled the events of the day. Just moments before, I had been in the shower singing praises to the Lord, when suddenly He broke into my song and spoke very clearly to me: “You were rude to Rachel today.” God was reminding me that I had ignored her every time she had tried to speak to me.

There was no mistake. God was not pleased with my behavior. In just moments, I was out of the shower and sitting at the phone. I knew what had to be done, and I couldn’t put it off until the next day.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, “Hello?”

“Rachel? This is Bobbie.”

“Yes?” she answered cautiously.

Rachel quietly listened as I began the replay of what happened. Careful not to leave out necessary details but still make it quick and to the point, I wanted to make sure she knew it was God who led me to call her.

I continued, “Rachel, I was rude to you. Will you forgive me?”

After a brief silence she answered, “I know you were, Bobbie. Why were you acting that way?”

My Mind Rocketed with Excuses

This was not the response I had expected. Now I had to give her a reason for my behavior. My mind rocketed with excuses, but none could justify my actions. I had to admit there was no excuse for the way I treated her. But, would she please forgive me anyway?

To my relief Rachel responded with, “Yes, Bobbie, I totally accept your apology.” When I hung up the phone, there was a sense of excitement inside me. I knew I had pleased God when I made it right with Rachel.

The next day at work, Rachel came to the counter where I was standing, and said, “No one has ever apologized to me like that before. Most people would tell themselves, ‘I’ll just be nicer next time.’” I didn’t tell her how close I came to doing just that. I smiled instead and thanked her again for accepting my apology.

While I was in the shower singing praises to the Lord, He was faithful to illustrate to me the importance of His instruction concerning reconciliation: “‘If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift’”(Matthew 5:23, 24).

That day, I found restoration not only with Rachel but also with God when I heeded His voice of correction.

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By Roberta Savage Hibbert. Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, October 2006. Copyright © 2005 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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