Bear with each other and forgive grievances. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Karin ruled her family with her explosive, irrational anger. Her children and grandchildren never knew what would set her off. Being around her was like being in a minefield. You knew you had to get out, but you were too afraid to take a step.
Yet every time Karin had one of these outbursts, she'd blame it on bad coffee. "I just got a hold of some bad coffee and just wasn't myself," she'd say.
Do you have some "bad coffee?"—some excuse you're using for out-of-line behaviors? Are you rationalizing behaviors because you say you're "tired," "under stress," or some other unique yet unacceptable excuse?
The best thing to do is confess. Confess to God, and confess to others.
"It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.