A day to say sorry

Sorry can be a hard word to say but it holds power for healing and restoration

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Signing "Sorry books" is an interesting way many Australian's demonstrate their commitment towards reconciliation with Indigenous families on National Sorry Day each year.

May 26 is regarded as a day to remember the Stolen Generation which saw many Indigenous Australians forcibly removed from their families and communities and assimilated into white society during the 1950s and 1960s.

While this is a significant day for Australians to show their support for Indigenous families affected by this, perhaps it is also a day to seek reconciliation all round.

After all, the Bible explains that we have all grieved our Creator God by going our own way and refusing to trust in Him and obey His perfect commands.

Yet despite the separation that came from rebelling against God, such incredible, unconditional love was shown when He sent His own Son Jesus Christ to take the punishment we deserved on the cross.

A key principle of the Bible is that confession of wrongs against another and honest prayer to God brings about healing of fractured relationships, whether with people or with God.

In the book of James, the Bible urges believers in Jesus who have wronged another to "confess your sins to one another" and as they have obeyed Jesus in being united in love, it then encourages believers to "pray [to God] for one another so that you may be healed..."

Admitting our mistakes and wrong doing according to God's laws can be hard, especially when we feel we are in the right, but there is more than healing and restoration which comes with this – there is eternal life.

Whatever wrongs that you are sorry for, turn it over to God who cares. And, if we entrust our lives to our Saviour Jesus, He is more than willing to forgive us and transform our selfishness into unconditional love.

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