“I have offended a friend”
To experience forgiveness is to receive a gift.
Recently I was out to lunch with some friends and new acquaintances. We were having a wonderful time until I began telling a story, and used an ethnic one liner from my childhood, without even thinking. Immediately, the Holy Spirit let me know that I had offended my new acquaintance. NOTE: The Holy Spirit works. Within five minutes I pulled this lady aside and profoundly apologized saying, “I am so sorry, and will never, by the grace of God, use that phrase again.” She confirmed that she had been deeply offended by my insensitivity. She was so gracious and forgave me. She then said, “It is over and I forgive you. Don’t even bring it back up. It is forgotten.” I was so glad I had humbled myself and taken the opportunity to fix it on the spot… not letting time make it worse.