doesn’t come easy for some of us. We sometimes choke on the words, “I’m
sorry.” Well, in fact, sometimes we speak the words, but we do so with such
animosity, the message is lost.
I can illustrate. Being a parent of four children, I have had to “moderate”
a good number of apologies. On many occasions, I have told one of my
children, “Now you tell your brother/sister you’re sorry.” What then comes
out of their mouth sounds more like a child who is demon possessed than a
sincere apology. Teeth clenched…jaw set…and the words, “I’m sorry” are
spoken in a forceful and almost growling tone. (If you have children, you
know exactly what I’m talking about).
But now, that’s just kid’s stuff right? Adults don’t behave like that, now
do we? Well, maybe we’re not so obvious, but we still have ways of speaking
those words with less than sincerity. For example, how many times have you
heard people say things like...
-- If I have done anything to offend you, I’m sorry.
-- I’m sorry, but if you wouldn’t have…
-- If you’ll apologize to me, I’ll apologize to you.
Isn’t it time we quit pretending to be sorry? Let us discipline ourselves
to be humble enough to graciously and freely say we are sorry when we have
offended others. When confronted with his sin, King David didn’t make any
excuses, but simply admitted his wrong by saying, “I have sinned against the
Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13).
Next time you need to say you’re sorry. Humble yourself and do so, and say
it like you mean it.