People like to brag and say, “I have no apologies to make to anyone,” (as if they had never done anything wrong to anybody). Pride refuses to apologize for wrongs it has done. Love is quick to. (The apology that pride tells you not to make, is often the most important one to make.)
A true apology humbly offers regret for wrongdoing, without making excuses, and then does what it can to make amends. A sincere apology requires courage; excuses don’t.
If you allow yourself to feel no sincere regret for what you’ve done, saying “I’m sorry,” is empty words.
Even when you’ve been offered no apologies, you can still choose to forgive and dump your heavy load of hurt. When you’re looking for an apology and don’t get it, forgive anyway. Don’t let the person who hurt you keep you full of resentment. Carrying unforgiveness often causes you more pain than what a person did when they hurt you.
Innocence is unattainable. The only way to be free from guilt is through apology and unearned forgiveness. To fail to confess is to acquiesce to guilt. You don’t need an attorney, a priest, or a church service to make a confession. You can come clean with God anytime and anywhere.
If we would sincerely apologize for where we’ve harmed people and give up wanting them to apologize to us, we’d be much happier. To make no apologies when you’ve done wrong to someone, is to choose to ignore the pain you’ve caused them.
Confession is like taking a shower (or flushing a toilet). It washes away the grime of guilt. Confession is courageous; honesty is heroic! Confession will set you free from the heavy load of lies and deception.
If you’re feeling guilty,
A sincere apology
Can set you free.
And pride prevails.