The Power of Apology

One morning I had offended someone, and I remembered something that Jesus was reported to have said: "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."*

I didn't actually remember the whole quote, only the gist of it. I felt that it might be good advice, so I decided to try it. I went back later and apologized to the person that I'd offended. He said that he was glad that I'd apologized, and that the offense was forgiven. His feelings appeared to change from resentment to friendliness. That was when I first realized the power of apology.

*The Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 5, Verses 23 & 24