“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” is a line from an old movie. I respectfully disagree. It’s usually the people we love most to whom we need to say, “I’m sorry.”
Saying you’re sorry can be difficult. Not saying you’re sorry will make things more difficult. Pride gets in the way, particularly, it seems, when we are the ones at fault. Either way, it requires a good understanding of yourself and your actions to do it right.
By right, I mean that it must be sincere. Sincere first in the sense that you truly examine yourself, what you say, and what you do. Then it needs to be sincere in how we deliver the apology. A terse, cursory “I’m sorry” packs about as much weight as a helium balloon.
I was taught that it is important to reflect on what you’ve done through the day. If you’ve done anyone wrong, as soon as practical, confess it and apologize to the person you’ve wronged. The absence of an apology lets feelings fester, resentment build, or even worse.
The practice of self-examination is important. It reveals who you really are and what you really do. It’s a spiritual practice that facilitates our faithfulness to the Lord. It also teaches us where our weaknesses are so that we can change them. And—it gives us the opportunity to make things right with the people we like and love.
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26