Saying “I’m Sorry”

The words “I’m sorry” are an overused phrase and are very often a lie. “Sorry” basically means a feeling of regret, or an expression of sympathy. It is an apology of sorts, but it is not always a request for forgiveness. There are many adjectives that describe “being sorry,” such as “remorseful, repentant, sheepish, shamefaced, penitent, contrite.”

A genuine “I’m sorry” has the compassion in it to heal a shattered relationship, while an insincere one will only cause further hurts. In the Bible, God makes a big deal out of lying. Proverbs 6:16-17 lists lying as one of the seven things that God hates. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD” (KJV). I sense in my spirit that someone reading this short message was insincere in an incident that required a genuine “I’m sorry.” God wants to heal a relationship that has been damaged. That healing starts with you. Genuine humility on your part will do wonders.

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Flattery

I read a good quote some time ago, said to come from the lips of Sir Walter Raleigh: “Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors, for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies as thou shalt never, by their will, discern good from evil, or vice from virtue.” False words of approval are really lies and deception. Why? Because they lead a person to believe something about themselves that they are not. Flattery is a manipulation through the use of words. Proverbs 26:28 says, “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin” (KJV). Ezekiel 12:24 says, “For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.” The word “divination” refers to prophecies that misled the people. There is a lot of this today, manipulation through words. God hates it.

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