You might be thinking I worded the title incorrectly, and that it should read “After Someone Dies, They Have No Second Chance”.
And if you do, then you are going to be surprised, because the title is accurate!
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You see, I am not talking about the person who has died no longer being able to ask for forgiveness or save themselves; rather, I am aiming this message to the surviving friends and family, who now have no second chance to make amends with, forgive, or help the dead person.
How many people have you met who have regrets that they never revived a friendship, or made up for mistakes, or reunited with someone because that person has died?
How many people carry the emotional baggage of missed opportunities to make right something that was wrong between themself and someone else?
Yes, this is all about you, and about me, and about anyone who is still alive and has some issue with someone else. We have only as long as we are both alive to resolve the issue, and even if that other person has no desire, whatsoever, to resolve anything with you, you still need to make the attempt.
Remember: we are not told we must ask for forgiveness; we are told we must forgive (Matthew 6:14-15), and if you haven’t forgiven someone, and told them that you forgive them, then you have missed a chance to please God.
Oh, yeah, so long as you forgive them in your heart, that is what God wants, but why not go one step further and tell the person? Maybe you will revive a friendship, or make a new one? At the very least, you will provide them with an example of how to live a godly life.
I know people who had issues with their parents, friends, or siblings who never reconciled, or even tried, and now the other person is dead. They might never be rid of the feeling of guilt and loss, having now to live the rest of their lives asking themselves,
“How hard would it have been, really, to call?”
So, if you have an unresolved issue with anyone, try to resolve it. It is more important that you try than that you succeed, and if you do get shut down, what have you lost?
But…what if you resolve that issue and can now reconnect with someone, maybe reestablish or create a new friendship? Isn’t that worth the effort?
Please make the attempt to tie up whatever loose ends of your relationships that may exist and do it now.
You never know when that window of opportunity will suddenly, and eternally, slam shut on you.
Thank you for being here and please share these messages with everyone you know. Subscribe to my website and my YouTube channel, as well. Buy my books and join my Facebook group called “Just God’s Word” (but please make sure you agree to the rules, or I can’t let you in).
That’s it for today, so l’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!