SAY SORRY – Dag Heward Mills
READ: Matthew 27:1-5
“And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” – Matthew 27:5
One of the greatest manifestations of pride is the unwillingness to say ‘sorry’ or to apologise. Judas Iscariot was unwilling to say sorry. He never apologised to Jesus for what he did. He also never apologised to the other disciples. In fact he did not even want to see them again.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our s ins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:8 -10
Watch out for people who cannot say sorry! Watch out for people who cannot turn around! Watch out for people who cannot do a one hundred and eighty degrees turn when they are going in the wrong direction. I once encountered a pastor who said, “I will not apologise to my overseer.” Even though he was wrong, he would not say sorry. Pride would not allow him to lower himself and acknowledge that he was wrong.
Over the years, I have realised that the inability to say sorry or to apologise is one of the cardinal signs of pride. My experience shows me that the hardest and most rebellious people never say sorry!
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and of fer thy gift. – Matthew 5:23-24