Hard Time Saying Sorry?
A Place Where People Do Not Apologize Is a Dangerous Place
There is a dangerous place where God’s children should not tread at all cost. It is a place where people do not apologize; a place where they do not say “I am sorry” or find it difficult to say “please forgive me.” To apologize is to defeat pride and the humble person will be the first to come and say, “I am sorry, please forgive me for my wrongdoings.” Today, let humility overcome pride. Today, we humble ourselves before God.
Denial & Justifying Sin
When confronted of the wrong, the human sinful nature tends to deny and rushes to self defense. Sarah laughed at the prophetic word which God gave her, when God confronted her about it, she denied it. "Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh""(Genesis 18:12-15).
Human nature likes to defend itself. In Luke 8:40-48 we read that Jesus was going to Jairus home to heal his daughter. The crowd of people was pressing against Him. A woman approached Jesus and touched Him with faith and there are others who pressed against Him and probably touched Him. Jesus asked “Who is the one who touched Me?” The Bible tells us they all denied it. The woman came forward however and admitted in the presence of all people that she touched Him. Jesus response to her was, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace!”
The one who admits their wrongdoings will be blessed but the deniers will leave empty handed and their sins remain. Even now the Holy Spirit reminds us that those who confess their wrongs and repent will be forgiven. There is a celebration in heaven that takes place just because of one sinner who repents. In John 9, a blind man admitted that he was blind. The Lord cured Him and he received his sight. On the other hand, the Pharisees overrated themselves that they were not blind but see well, while the Lord said they were blind. Because of their not admitting their blindness, their blindness could not be cured. Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains” (John 9:41). For a sick person to get recovered, they must admit they are sick and take themselves to the doctor.
With God, there is always mercy for the sinner and never condemnation. The one who humbles himself and says, “I am sorry, forgive me,” will be forgiven and their sins are remembered no more. So there is no need to justify, there is no need to be ashamed or have a hard time to say, “please forgive me.” My pastor used to say, "EVERY TIME YOU JUSTIFY SIN, SIN GROWS IN YOUR HEART." Today is your day to be free from covering up sin, but exposing it and walking away from it, by apologizing, and repenting.
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A Dangerous Red Zone that Leads to Death
Dangerous is a place where people do something wrong yet they cannot see the wrong; dangerous is a place where people sin and can not realize it; a place where they hurt people and cannot even realize how they have hurt them.
The church of Laodecia said, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” but the Lord said, “(Laodecia), you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see” (Revelation 3:17-18).
May we all learn to discern ourselves before discerning others; and let us remember to pray for those people who are blind to their own wrongdoings, that they might feel the weight of their wrongdoings; that they might feel how such actions make other people feel. This is important because no one can genuinely repent until they feel the magnitude of their wrongdoings. Without genuine repentance, people cannot enter heaven because heaven is a place of those who have repented of their sins. “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5).
Those who do not say sorry, those who do not apologize must hurry and repent. Today is the day, if you hear God’s voice, do not harden your heart. All of us who have conquered in that area must pray for these people to realize because they are standing in a Dangerous Red Zone. There is no way a sinner can enter heaven but by repentance. But how can they repent for the sin they defend, for the sin they do not acknowledge? How can they acknowledge when they do not realize the sinful condition they are entangled in? Heaven is for the repentant ones, that’s why it is said they are standing in the red hot zone.
The Root Cause and the Cure
What is the Root Cause When Struggling With Apologizing? - Pride - Self-centeredness - Walls of self defense - Self-justification
- Sometimes children inherit it from their parents who instead of apologizing defend themselves.
CURE: All these things can be uprooted by Realizing and Humbling oneself. Train yourself to be quick to repent and to say sorry even if you did not do it! As for our children, it can be uprooted by teaching them early on to be quick to apologize.
Realize & Come Back to Your Senses
Oftentimes, people do not realize. To help them realize, God allows them to go through trials. The prodigal son could not realize his wrongdoings until he lost all his money and all that he had. To wake up the son whom the father loved, God allowed him to go through hunger and trials. Through severe testing and trials, he came back to his senses and he realized. “After he had spent all he had, a severe famine swept through that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. He longed to fill his belly with the pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him a thing. Finally he came to his senses and said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have plenty of food? But here I am, starving to death! I will get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants"" (Luke 15:14-19).
When people realize, then they will do the right thing. The prodigal son realized and repented. God who rejoices over one sinner who repents, welcomed him back home through his father who said, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
So there is no loss but gain in saying “I am sorry! Please forgive me!” He who repents is blessed and brings much joy to all people and our heavenly Father.