Apology vs. Confession

“I’m sorry… I really am.”

We’ve have all heard that before and we all know that most of the time the people saying that don’t actually feel bad for what they did. Now I stress most of the time because there are those moments when people genuinely do regret what they’ve done. So be wary of the apologies you receive.

You see, I’ve learned over my eighteen years of life that there is a difference between apology and confession. I will start with apology first and then move to confession to show you the difference and hopefully help you learn something.

Apology: Definition –A regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure.

Apologies hold some regret but it is usually because the apologizer was caught. The definition says an “offense” or “failure” so obviously something went wrong or you regret being caught doing something wrong. Now on to confession. And I promise this will come full circle.

Confession: Definition –A formal statement admitting that one is guilty of a crime.

You see, there is a difference. Confession consists of them admitting to doing something wrong. Owning up to it. Realizing that what they have done is wrong and in most cases wanting to change their ways. That’s the difference. They want to change their ways.

Here’s where it comes full circle.

God doesn’t want you to just apologies for what you’ve done wrong then repeat those same acts. He wants you to confess what you’ve done wrong and turn from those sinful ways. It’s a hard process but this is how we grow in a relationship with Christ. We realize that what he are doing is wrong and seek the truth. God doesn’t want anything more than our hearts. He wants our hearts to break for what His breaks for. Let’s seek truth together and confess our wrong doings. Let’s turn away from our sinful acts together. We can be freed from this bondage of sin, and God gives us the truth to do so.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” –John 8:32 (NIV)


4 thoughts on “Apology vs. Confession

  1. Wow, very impressive and well-timed post! Your thoughts convey a concrete distinction between a mere apology and an authentic confession. Making war with sin through repentance by the strength of the Spirit is an essential part of our spiritual growth and maturity as Christians. One that I fear is often neglected.
    Jesus Christ has already saved us from the power of sin through His finished work on the Cross. So I pray that we all depend and lean on Him more deeply so that we can be continually freed from any strongholds which sin has taken in our lives.
    In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.

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  2. Excellent! It is a distinction that needs to be made in most of our lives, that is for certain. I know for myself since coming to Christ about a year ago, I’ve gotten better at confession, not just with God, but with my family as well. Peace!

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