Apologizing with Love

Love Never Fails by Shattered Infinity, on Flickr

Apologies are tricky things.

Apologies are always to be meant, never to be falsified, and sometimes done more out of love or respect than a willingness to admit wrongs. Sustaining relationships, whether romantic, platonic, or familial, means often humbling yourself to the basic nature of love itself. Love is kind. Love is patient. Love is not easily angered and quick to forgive. Love is caring and protecting.

Think back to the last time you hurt someone. What do you remember? Were you right or were you wrong? Don’t be surprised if you can’t quite recall — you are not alone. But let me ask you this: did you hurt feelings? Exchange words you didn’t mean? Did you cause someone pain unnecessarily? Much easier to remember, right?

Apologizing after making a mistake is easy once we realize that we’ve wronged someone. Usually we feel genuinely sorry and want to repent for our errors. Apologizing after an argument, though, now that’s hard. We as humans tend to get caught up in our egos and desire to be right. It’s only natural. Wanting to be right, instinctively, can’t be helped. But, we can change the way we view the situation or argument as a whole, and how we handle it afterwards.

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