Sorry Means Change

The word sorry is so simple, yet so profound but many abuse this word and use it without care. To say sorry means to change your behavior. It isn’t enough to just say the word “sorry” and then continue doing the very thing that caused another person hurt or grief. To say you are sorry is a humble act of putting someone else’s needs above your own. It is a self-deprecating act because it says that you recognize that what you did in your own self-interest hurt another person and you will change, because you don’t want to continue causing that person pain.

Many people say sorry but can’t back it up. They throw the word around as a way to “shut someone up” or to make somone stop harping or complaining about an issue — but without change or the proof to back it up, the words are empty, void, and meaningless.

If you hurt someone and say you are sorry but continue to do the same things and never change your behavior, your apology means nothing.

John 14: 15-17 World English Bible

 If you love me, keep my commandments. 16 I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever: 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him and doesn’t know him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.




Charisse Van Horn is an artist, poet, and freelance writer.