The often-used glib statement, ‘I’m sorry...’ is used as an excuse for undisciplined behaviour or a lack of forethought by those who want to lessen their guilt. This token gesture, spoken to God and others, seldom involves any meaningful intention of correcting one’s behaviour to prevent this happening again. Genuine expressions of ‘being sorry’ to God are not just to appease the conscience but will include regretful apology with the intention of turning from that action in true repentance.

See also: apology, regret, repentance, restitution/restore, sorrow.     


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