When it comes to making amends, some are easier than others.

When you need to make an amends to someone who has been basically good to you and where you can guess that their reaction will be positive – it’s easier to make that phone call.

But what about that amends to the co-worker who always has an attitude with you? Or that relative who is always on your case? You can be reasonably sure that their attitude towards you is not likely to change – that is if you manage to choke out your amends, anyway!

It’s tempting to just forget about making those tougher apologies and pat ourselves on the back for making the ‘easy’ ones.

Luke 6:32,33: “Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much!”

According to Jesus, being good to our enemies is not ‘normal’ or common, it’s EXTRAORDINARY! And that’s exactly what Christ calls us to.

When someone has equally or in a greater way wronged you, cleaning up your own ‘side of the street’ and ONLY focusing on your part of the problem is significantly less appealing. But it is necessary if we are to grow in our recovery and walk with God.

Making an amends – especially to our ‘enemies’ – is like emotional and mental surgery. It’s cutting out the bad stuff that is holding you back so that you can move forward and heal.

Taking an inventory and making amends is not a means to live in the past, it is about freeing you up to truly live NOW, and have a better future!

May you live extraordinarily well this week.