With so much on the news in court trials and defendants saying they’re ‘sorry’ for what put them there, it brings up the thought of what is really being sorry?
When kids get in trouble at school (elementary age), the teacher tells the guilty parties to say “I’m sorry”. Most of the time I’m sure the children say just words. There is no true repentance for their actions. The other day in reaching for my husband’s phone, I accidentally hit the wrong button and deleted something. I didn’t plan to do that, but I was sorry.
There’s a difference in just saying the words “I’m sorry” but not meaning it. Some can even convincingly say those words but not really mean it. Others can say the words and truly mean it. What’s the difference? Let’s be reminded of Ephesians 4:32 (ESV), “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” There’s more to follow.