In 1970 a very sappy movie came out called Love Story starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw. It was a story of unconditional love. Actually, it was a pretty good movie. But it carried a message that could easily lead us astray.
Perhaps the most famous line from the movie was “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
That would be all well and good if we were perfect, if we never did anything that harmed or hurt those we love. I’m clearly not perfect. Try as I might, I still say or do things that hurt my wife, my kids or others in my life. When I do that, I need to set things right. And not only with the one I have directly hurt, but with others who may have observed. For example, if my kids see me do something that is hurtful or disrespectful to their mother, I need to set things right. That only begins with an “I’m sorry.” It also requires intentional, observable actions to “set things with and keep them right.” That’s repentance.
Much more important, I still do things that disappoint God. It’s called sin, missing the mark. I can’t “set things right” with God unless I acknowledge my errant ways and say “I’m sorry.” Again, that’s not enough. I must also repent in my ways. not only turn away from that action, but actually turn around and do things to stay on the right course. Anything less and I am not on the “road to perfection.”
Saying “I’m sorry” is also a prerequisite to asking for forgiveness.
Who said it was all easy?
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