By Linda Tancs

An Elton John song reminds us that sorry seems to be the hardest word. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon to hear someone exclaim that “sorry isn’t good enough.” Even for the slightest offenses (perceived to be so in the mind of the offended), it seems like folks are increasingly unable to accept an apology. “Sorry” may be harder to hear than it is to say.

That’s problematic. After all, the Bible tells us to forgive, quickly and repeatedly. Jesus told Peter to forgive “seventy times seven times,” an expression meant to convey boundlessness (Matthew 18:21-22). Forgiving quickly is sensible because it prevents an offense from taking root (Proverbs 19:11). If you don’t want unforgiveness hurled at you, then don’t dole it out to someone else (Matthew 7:12). Your relationship with God depends on it (Mark 11:25).

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