One thing I’m grateful for is the opportunity to say ‘I’m sorry’. No matter how long it takes for me to realise when I’ve done wrong or caused hurt, I will always say sorry. There is a freedom that comes when you acknowledge that you do not know it all and that your feelings are not always legitimate, neither should they be your decision maker.
Sometimes we get it wrong and we realise that we’ve got it wrong but — we still pretend to be right… 😂 pride is a funny thing.
Sometimes we get it wrong and may feel like the opportunity to say ‘sorry’ has passed. I believe that when you are cognisant of your error you should make every effort to apologise to those affected; not necessarily with the intention to reconcile, but with the intention of bringing your thoughts and attitudes in light of the expectations of your Father God and letting the ‘sorry’ be an opportunity for pruning your character (that’s another blog post pending and a hymn 🙊).
And even when you can’t physically apologise, perhaps due to distance, death or airtime from the recipients…Psalm 19:13 reminds us that we can ask God for the forgiveness of hidden faults. We don’t need to recount them all. His grace is sufficient.
“Keep cleansing me, God, and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me! For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion.” – Psalms 19:13; The Passion Translation
Saying sorry is not the easiest thing to do, but it is one of the most liberating human things to do. Sometimes being ‘right’ starts with admitting your ‘wrongs’. Give it a go this week, let the word ‘sorry’ roll off your tongue to someone you need to apologise to. His grace is indeed sufficient for us all.
“Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous (deliberate, willful) sins; Let them not rule and have control over me. Then I will be blameless (complete), And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” – PSALM 19:13 AMP
Hymn: Speak O Lord (Verse 2) – ‘test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radience of Your purity’