In October 2011, two K church leaders, “Chet” and “Victor,” got in an argument over how to distribute relief aid to people after a recent natural disaster. Chet got so angry he cursed at Victor and said to him, “If you’re a Christian, I don’t want to be one anymore! I’d rather go work for the Devil!” A couple of days later, Chet regretted what he said and repented to the Lord. He went to Victor to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but the damage was already done, and Victor refused to see him. This caused Chet’s heart to harden, and he grew bitter against his brother. Months passed, and he declined to talk to Victor or even go where he might be present. Despite receiving repeated admonitions from his church to reconcile, Chet remained offended and unwilling to make peace.
Then, after more than a year, Chet read Romans 12:18, which says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” This deeply convicted him and propelled him to go to Victor and seek forgiveness. Victor was ready this time, and the two confessed their sins and forgave from the heart.