We heard that sticks and stones can break bones but words can never hurt us for most of our lives, but I have to disagree. Words have power. We saw that this past week. Words can stoke a flame and words can heal.
One thing I know is that our actions have consequences that might last forever. Just because I have not broken the law since I was released almost twenty years ago doesn’t mean that everyone wants to forgive my past or in some cases, even let me move on with my life. But as long as I maintained my innocence, I had no peace. Once I admitted my guilt, healing finally began.
Step 5 says “We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Sometimes we need to put down ourselves so we can lift up others. the simple act of confession and acknowledgement of wrong can suck the fuel from the fire that people feel.
If you don’t know what happened last week you might be living in a cave. There are no easy fixes, and I can only speak from my own experience, but I know that I had to step up and admit my wrongs before I could…