My partner and I are vastly different people. He’s logical and precise where I’m a riot of emotion and intuition. He’s peaceful and patient where I’m driven and demanding. But our differences are what make us useful to each other. When I apologize to him for the way I get angry or too emotional or over dramatic, it’s not an exposure of weakness. It’s an acknowledgement of the ways we’re different from each other.
When we bring ourselves to God in repentance, when we come to apologize for the wrongs we’ve done or the wounds we’ve inflicted, it’s the same anatomy. We were built with different gifts and talents, different drives and needs, different flaws and failures–it doesn’t make us inherently bad or ugly or damaged. It makes us different from the people around us.
And the One who made us the way we are will always hear the refrain in our hearts when we come to confess. Please hear me. I’m sorry. I love you.
This message is an excerpt from “Please hear me. I’m sorry. I love you” by Abby Accettura in the October 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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