Admitting When You’re Wrong

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 20; Matthew 22

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Samuel 10:1-19


There are many popular phrases in the English language.  “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”  “The ball is in your court.”  “Do not put all of your eggs in one basket.”  Most people have heard these phrases (and countless others) often, and even use them in their own communication from time to time.  As I was reading today’s key passage, I began thinking about two other phrases that seem to be a lot less popular these days.  You do not hear them very often, but when you do, they can have a big impact.  In fact, it is hard for me to think of any other phrases that can mean as much to the health and wellbeing of our relationships with other people.  What are these two phrases?  They are “I was wrong” and “I am sorry”.

In today’s key passage, we read that the king of the Ammonites died and his son Hanun succeeded him.  David wanted to show kindness to Hanun, so he sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father.  When the delegation arrived, the Ammonite nobles wrongly believed that they were sent by David to spy on the land in advance of an attack.  Hanun believed his nobles and seized David’s men, shaved their beards, and cut their garments to humiliate them.  When Hanun realized that David was angry over this situation, he could have admitted he was wrong.  He could have apologized to David and his men and tried to keep the peace.  Instead, Hanun gathered his troops to go to war with David.  In the end, David and his army (with the help of God of course) annihilated Hanun and the Ammonites.

When we realize we are wrong, how we react will often define our character.  When pride sets in, it can become difficult to admit our mistakes or apologize, and because of this, the most common reaction for many people is to respond angrily or defensively.  Most of the time, though, this only serves to escalate the problem and further fracture our already fragile relationships.  As we get closer and closer to God, He will help us in this area.  He will help us recognize our mistakes sooner, He will help us admit when we are wrong, and He will help us to apologize.  Romans 12:18 reminds us, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  The next time you realize you are in the wrong, do not react like Hanun.  There is no shame in saying “I was wrong”.  There is nothing wrong with saying “I am sorry”.  Learn to use these phrases, and learn to live at peace with everyone.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on May 5, 2013, in 10 - 2 Samuel and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is so true! I often have a hard time taking responsibility for being wrong. I also find that our pride then blocks us from enjoying fellowship and even opportunities that would have opened up to us if we had just been humble enough to ask for forgiveness.

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