“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
Everyone has done things they regret. Not everyone is man enough to apologize. There is little that damages relationships more than the prideful refusal to admit we were wrong, take responsibility for our actions, and apologize to those we’ve hurt. That refusal denies us the forgiveness we need, and denies them the healing they need.
At the core of our faith is the notion of repentance. In a very real way, when we confess our sins and repent, we apologize to God for the harm we’ve done to Him and to others. Repentance opens the door to His grace, forgiveness, and mercy. God welcomes all those who choose the path of repentance. Those who refuse to repent keep themselves away from the Lord’s love and care.
When we apologize, we also set a standard and an example that others can follow to heal broken relationships, and grow in grace and humility.