Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Apology

Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson 9/27/09

Dear Linda and Eva,

I owe you both an apology. A couple of years ago, I reviewed a book you co-wrote rather harshly. Last night, Matthew 18:15-17 convicted me that I handled the situation badly. And I am sorry. Scripture tells us that, if we have an issue with a brother, we should go to him first to rectify it. I didn’t do that. I expressed my opinion in a public forum rather than in private. Doing so could definitely have brought harm to both of you and I apologize for my irresponsible handling of the situation. I should have written to you with my concerns and opened a dialogue.

I cannot go back and undo what I did. I can only ask your forgiveness and pray that Jesus will repair any damage that I’ve done. I can also take this lesson and resolve not to behave so carelessly in the future. I have requested that my hurtful review be removed from commercial websites, but would like to ask your permission to keep the review on my blog (word-up-studies.blogspot.com) with a direct link to this apology in the hope that I will not forget the lesson that it took me so long to learn (I am sorry for that, too) and that it may serve as a lesson to someone else.

I look forward to our restored relationship in Christ.

Stacey

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