The value of an apology

February 1, 2019 · Print This Article

You may have been shocked as I was to see the pictures of Prince Philip’s recent car crash. As he pulled out of a driveway his Land Rover collided with a Kia and flipped over. The 97-year-old prince was fortunate to get out alive, whilst Ms Fairweather, a passenger in the Kia, suffered a broken wrist.

Following complaints that she had received no direct communication from Prince Philip after the accident, a letter of apology was issued earlier this week which seemed to alter her attitude. She said ‘I thought it was a really nice touch that he signed it off as Philip and not a formal title. I was pleasantly surprised because of the personalised nature.’ [i]

Giving an apology can have a powerful effect on people who might otherwise be antagonistic. I’ve seen how they can defuse issues and reconcile people; whereas if they go unsaid attitudes can harden and deepen making it much more difficult to achieve a resolution. Perhaps that’s why the biblical book of Matthew encourages me to stop any religious activity in order to first be reconciled to someone I have a problem with[ii]

I could write more about apologising, but I think I need to stop and make some apologies; how about you?

Have a good week,
barry.robinson@gracecom.church

 

[i] https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47019867
[ii] The Bible, Matthew chapter 5, verses 23-24

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