You know the Bible says in 1 Peter (chapter 4) that “above all” we should “keep fervent in our love for one another”. And it goes on to say that “love covers a multitude of sins”. See God knows that because we’re imperfect people; at some point, we’re bound to let each other down.
I’ve been wanting to speak with you for some time now. I’ve been wanting to sit you down just to talk some things out cuz I know I haven’t been the best friend one could have. There’s no excuse, and quite frankly, it’s sad. I know you used to feel like you were part of the family but because of all the pain that rained down like a tragedy, it’s pushed you away; and I know this is cliché but I’m sorry, I was wrong and I hope you don’t stay mad at me. I should’ve been more attentive to your problems. I should’ve just listened instead of trying to solve them. I shouldn’t have judged you for the sins you confessed. You were confiding in me, and I instantly made a mess. Your heart was heavy; you probably thought if you expressed your struggles to your friends, it would lay some things to rest. We painted a picture of mercy and grace but when it came time to give it, we hid it from your face. And I ain’t always stayed away from the gossip cuz often your name created an awesome hot topic. And I jumped right in, with no regards to your feelings and now you’re kneeling before the LORD and asking for healing. It’s so revealing when you start unpeeling the layers of humanity, it’s so unappealing. We’re imperfect creatures who try to act perfect. It’s so unnerving, and you were so undeserving.
I apologize for the way you’ve been hurt / I apologize for the pain and the dirt
I apologize for how we pushed you away / I apologize, I apologize…
I apologize for the haters at work / I apologize for the traitors that lurk
I apologize for the fakers and jerks / I apologize, signed…yours truly, “The Church”
Yeah and I’ve hurt so many people in the name of “good” but my motives were so evil. I burdened you with debt as I dug deep in your pockets all in the name of giving your pastors bigger wallets. I’m sorry for that time you came to hear the Lord speak and I asked you to move cuz you had taken my seat. And I’m sorry for that time that I asked you to leave cuz you had tatts on your arms and a shirt with torn sleeves. I admit, I’ve been concerned with the condition of your clothes more than I’ve been concerned with the condition of your souls. Yeah, I made you feel unaccepted and rejected. You couldn’t meet my standards so you felt so disconnected……but that’s expected when tradition’s being protected instead of the message of Christ resurrected. But that’s the only thing that ever really gets neglected; and that’s exactly how the church became so ineffective. I never did pour into your life or disciple you or help you press forward in Christ. I didn’t give you what you need and plainly remember it’s because I was too concerned with gaining new members. Man, it was thrilling me; building new facilities, writing trilogies, chasing fame, pursuing silly dreams. And all you ever wanted was someone to care but time is something I could never really seem to spare…
See I admit I haven’t always been the church that Jesus seeded for His people when He lived on earth. I’ve made a bad example of the character of Christ, who’s only goal was bringing souls that’s perishing to Life. See He’s the only good in me, that’s why I still excel; that’s why no matter what, the gates of Hell will not prevail. Read Ephesians, we can be in peace if we can live this for each other which is why this brothers’ seeking your forgiveness.