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Many People today think that apologizing to someone is a sign of weakness or a slave mentality. For example I saw an article recently that was highlighting the controversy of President Obama apologizing to the muslim world. Many people thought that by Obama apologizing it would make the US more vulnerable to attacks. Is this kind of thinking reasonable? Is it bad to apologize?

APOLOGIES are powerful. They resolve conflicts without violence, repair schisms between nations, allow governments to acknowledge the suffering of their citizens, and restore equilibrium to personal relationships.” Those words were written by Deborah Tannen, a best-selling author and sociolinguist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As intelligent creatures with feelings I do believe it is very reasonable to give heartfelt apologies for offences to someone. Although this is easier said than done, we should never be too proud to look past out pride and to apologize and ask for forgiveness. For humble individuals an apology is nothing hard to do.

“I am right and I am not apologizing!”

Most people have the view that once it is the other person that is in the wrong they have no reason to try to mend the situation, or that the other person is unreasonable and don’t deserve an apology.  Jesus said “If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and you there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away; first make your peace with your brother, and then, when you have come back, offer up your gift.”( Matthew 5:23, 24.) What is the point? We should try to make peace with people. I could give examples of the benefits of apologizing like in the situation of David and Nabal’s wife Abigail. But if you have apologized to people in the past you might just know what I am talking about. It is not about who is right or wrong, but who will take the initiative to make peace. Having Peace among ourselves is more important than proving who is right and who is wrong.

 

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

― Benjamin Franklin

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My name is Robert Brown also known as “bobbysony” or just “bobby”. There are many words I could use to define myself but I prefer the short description of an average guy with an above average out-look on life. Read More at: http://bobbysony.com/about/
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