Saying “I’m sorry” requires nothing from those you’ve wronged. It is, at best, an admission of guilt and essentially requires no response at all. In the realm of resolution, the phrase is very nearly useless. It is not an apology, it is merely an expression of regret.
Suffice it to say that it is not what should be used when seeking forgiveness.
When you ask for forgiveness, it is like extending an olive branch; an invitation to either be accepted or rejected by the other party. It shows strength of character, regret for your actions, and a vulnerability that is genuine:
“Hello, I am Saintswest. Your son and I were drinking when he lost control of the car. I should have been more responsible and a better friend to him that night. I apologize, sir. I regret it thoroughly…..do you forgive me?”
Can we learn to ask for forgiveness? Can we learn to accept it?
Let’s move past the empty apologies and make it to a higher plain of understanding together.