I Am Sorry! Three of the Most Powerful Words

When was the last time you heard a true apology?  Not one of those “If I have offended anyone at anytime in any place, for any reason, I apologize.”  What ever happened to coming right out and confessing the sin and asking for forgiveness?  Without confession and petition for pardon, wrongs are not righted.  This is a Biblical concept that many of us fail to remember.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)

Pardon is based upon confession.  Perhaps it takes a different frame of heart and mind to be willing to admit fault than to just generalizing about our failures and misdemeanors.  There is a great cleansing that comes from admitting shortcomings and infractions against God and fellowmen.  The contrite spirit finds joy in expression of that contrition.  Saying I am sorry brings reconciliation and forgiveness.  Quite a trip for just three little words.  The journey to the penitent heart and broken spirit is a hard one though.

When I was a boy it always hurt me physically to be at odds with my siblings or my playmates.  Nothing was right when I knew we were not getting along because of something I had done to hurt them or vice versa.  That child like spirit is so easily lost as we grow tougher hides in the dog eat dog world. Some lose all sensation of broken fellowship and the pain of losing friendship.  It’s time to go back and learn to say “I am sorry for ___________” and truly repent of whatever it is we have done.  This is true in our relationship with God and with men.

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
(Joel 2:12-13)

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