In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “ Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar. First go and be reconciled to them, then come and offer your gift.”

I had a breach with a family member. Worried about a situation, I had interfered and alienated that person. It had gone on a year and I didn’t know what to do. Finally I felt the Lord telling me to write a note of apology. My intentions had been good ones, and I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong. I just tried to help. That in itself was wrong. Advice should be given when asked for, not uninvited. After praying about it, I sat down and wrote a heartfelt note, apologizing for my interference. To my delight and relief, the other person accepted my apology and our relationship was restored.  For those of you who hate to apologize for something said, it is more than worth it to restore relationship with a loved one. I learned a good lesson. Don’t interfere, listen more than you speak, and don’t be afraid to say, “I’m sorry”.