When God said, “I’m sorry”

Sounds like a strange claim to say that even God has had to say, “I’m sorry.”  I guess I’m really not sure that He verbally said it, but here’s what Genesis says.  (Genesis 6:5-6 NCV)  “The LORD saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked and that everything they thought about was evil. {6} He was sorry he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Whether He said it or not, the truth remains that God was sorry and He felt it.

The word “sorry” in this passage is not really a word of apology in the sense that we use it, but one that literally means to “breathe hard.”  It was a sigh of regret that God had here.  He saw that the thoughts and actions were all about evil.  It was a society that had taken selfishness to a new level and God was sick of it.

At the heart of this passage is selfishness.  When we get so self centered that we thing only about what benefits “me,” we are treading on thin ice and in danger from so many directions.

Saying “I’m sorry,” as I’ve been talking about all week, begins in the heart of a person.  God has never had a reason to apologize to man.  He is perfect and in need of nothing but glory and honor.  Not so for us.  We are constantly in need of saying “I’m sorry.”  Our brokenness calls for it.

So here’s the point.  Let us not make God sorry that He has made us.  Let us be able to seek the relationships around us in a more deep and meaningful way.  Find that person today who you know has some hurt feelings toward you for something you’ve said or done.  Maybe you were right and they were wrong.  Questions is, are you willing to destroy this relationship for pride’s sake and stand your ground or are you willing to let go of yourself and apologize, forgive, and grow in Jesus together.  It’s all up to you.

Here’s what the word says, (Hebrews 12:14 NCV)  “Try to live in peace with all people, and try to live free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord.”   (Romans 12:18 NIV)  “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”


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