When we apologize, we acknowledge that we have done something wrong, and we are asking for forgiveness.
Apologizing is not always easy, but it is always the right thing to do. The Bible has a lot to say about apologizing, and these verses can help us to understand what it means to truly apologize.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
This verse tells us that when we confess our sins, God will forgive us. This is such an important promise, because it means that we can always go to God and ask for forgiveness. We don’t have to keep our sin a secret- we can confess it to God, and He will forgive us.
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:13
This verse reminds us that we need to forgive others just as God has forgiven us. When someone wrongs us, it can be difficult to forgive them.
But when we remember how much God has forgiven us, it makes it a little easier. Forgiving others is an important part of being a follower of Christ.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:1-2
This verse instructs us to live in a way that is worthy of the call of Christ. Part of living in a way that is worthy of Christ is being willing to apologize when we have done something wrong.
We are called to live according to Christ’s example, and His example includes apologizing when we have hurt someone.
Bible Verses About Apologizing
These verses show us that apologizing is an important part of being a believer in Christ. Continue reading for more amazing Bible verses on saying you’re sorry.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.
1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yahusha Ha’Mashiach) and by the Spirit of our God.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
And if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.
1 John 2:1-6
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ (Yahusha Ha’Mashiach) the righteous.
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.
By this we may know that we are in him whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Final Words on What the Bible Says About Apologizing
The Bible is clear that we are to take responsibility for our own actions and words. This means that when we sin, we need to apologize to those we have hurt.
True repentance will result in a change of heart and behavior. If you find yourself in conflict with someone, ask God to give you the wisdom and courage to take the first step in reconciliation.