The habit of making APology is one that will make any relationship better. An apology is an invitation to deeper connection.
One Explanation of A Good Apology:
-A good apology is one that is made with sincerity. A half-hearted or artificial apology is worse than no apology.
Two Examples of Bad Apologies:
-"I am sorry that you are hurt.” This is an apology that states the obvious but does noting to remedy the situation. It establishes superiority rather than humility.
-"I am sorry but… " Anytime the word ‘but’ is used that word disqualifies or minimizes whatever went before it. An apology like this is really not an apology at all.
Three Elements of a Good Apology:
- What I did or said was wrong.
- I feel badly for hurting you.
- What can I do to make it better?
Thoughts to Ponder:
How sincere are my apologies?
What do I need to do to make my relationship better?
Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?