What we say can mean a lot of things. “I'll be there at five!” probably does not mean five on the dot. “Sure, you look fine!” might be said just to make someone feel better. “I'm sorry.” Now there's a tough one. If you're, say, seven years old, there's a good chance you're saying it just to get out of trouble.
It's really what's behind them that matters, of course. Psalm 51 : 17 says, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” You can apologize till you're blue in the face, but it's not until the gravity of your sin weighs you down and breaks you that true contrition from the Holy Spirit can take root and healing can begin.Read More