Contrite refers to having an attitude of humility, brokenness and a healthy fear of God's Word. A contrite person throws themselves upon the mercy of God, knowing they deserve nothing but righteous wrath (Ps 41:4; Isa 6:5). This is illustrated by the parable Jesus told of two men praying: one was self-righteous and proud (he went away in the same condition), the other who humbly repented received forgiveness (Lk 18:10-14). Both needed mercy, but only the contrite person was in a position to receive it. Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Mt 5:4). This refers to those who grieve over their sin, and what it cost Jesus to bring redemption for this is true repentance which brings lasting peace with God (Rom 5:12; Cor 5:21).
A contrite heart calls sin, sin
is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit who trembles at my Word” (Isa 66:2). Such people humbly walk in God’s ways and are submitted to His will, thus the place of contrition is a blessed place. When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin they quickly and genuinely repent. It is a heart attitude that is much deeper and meaningful than the often said ‘I’m sorry’ that doesn’t result in a change of heart and turning from sin. A contrite person doesn't make excuses (which are denials) but agrees with God, knowing that repentance is the only doorway to true freedom from sin which a violation against His holy nature and commands.