Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11-18

For the people I haven’t been nice to, I’m sorry. I apologize that I can be selfish, and I feel that any further action I take would make things worse, and for all you know, this is just an excuse for me to avoid the situation entirely. I can’t talk to you because I don’t know how to talk to you without thinking about the outcome. I am better where things are at now, and I hope you will still accept my greetings when I’ve gathered courage to converse again. It is really me, not you and I’m learning to not equate that the past is also the future.

For the people I wish I would hear more, I apologize for the actions or the words I have said that may have rattle our friendships. I realize those mistakes and try to make up for it but I’m probably not good at patching things.  In all retrospect, I forgive you for you have taught me not to expect anything in return. You have taught me that there is a karmic cycles: for the things I have taken for granted, other people would take it for granted as well. When I hear that kindness goes a long way, I wonder if it really means anything at all.





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