Recently, I watched an episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’ (a UK TV cookery programme where contestants cook for each other, get scored by the diners and the winner takes home a cash prize). One of the guests told the hostess that he had been deeply offended by something she said and wanted an apology from her. She replied, “that word is not part of my vocabulary”. She then spoke to the camera, “He wanted an apology. Will he get one? No”.
In 1976 Elton John wrote a song ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’. “It’s a sad, sad situation when sorry seems to be the hardest word”, he sang.
You would think this inability to say sorry is only found amongst non-Christians, but this is sadly not the case. Some Christians would rather Bible-bash than say the simple word, ‘Sorry’. “The Bible says forget the past”, they quote or “The Bible says do not remember wrong-doings”.
Where does the Bible say, “Do not say Sorry?” Inability to say sorry is pride and the Bible has a lot to say about the proud.
When Nathan confronted David about his misdeeds, David said, “I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13). He did not say, “I have sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah”. Would it make it easier to say sorry if you know you sin against God when you offend your brother?
Settling out of court is not an admission of guilt. Saying sorry is not an admission of guilt. It’s more to appease the other person than for you.
Who have you offended? Go to them and say, “Sorry”. God bless.