Hurt or Harm

This is meant to alert not alarm you
I pray you will know my intent
I’d rather be hurt than to harm you
My harsh words are not what I meant

When I do such an unkind action
When I speak a word that offends
It is too late to make a retraction
The fire once started won’t end

Forgive my presumptuous behavior
My actions that caused you such grief
I know it happens too often
This explanation gives no relief

But it does hurt me when I wound you
It is an offense to the God that I claim
I will ask my Father in heaven
Help me to love as He loves in His name

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.