Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Apologize Quickly

It's inevitable that when we are in a conversation we are going to say something that is wrong. It can be a misspeak, a missed truth, a missed fact, a misunderstanding. We could simply just be wrong. So, then what's next?


As Christians, we are not responsible for knowing everything. We are responsible to continue to learn about our Lord and to be curious about God and His ways. So, there's no reason to be embarrassed. Just apologize quickly and move on!

Confess your sins to each other... - James 5:16 NLT

That's it! When you or someone you're engaged with in conversation points out something wrong, and it's clear that it's wrong, apologize and move on to the truth.

Wasting time waiting to see if what you said will eventually "work itself out" can cause you to drift away from the truth. It will certainly get you off topic and can render you ineffective in the conversation.

There a good reasons for apologizing quickly and moving on:

  • You don't get stuck arguing a false premise.
  • It keeps the conversation open and moving forward.
  • It keeps your focus on the truth.
  • It keeps your focus on winning souls.


Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31-32 NLT

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Take Action!

After I apologize, how do I move on?

Ask questions! "Hey I'm thinking I may be off on this topic. What do you think about it?" Also...
  • "What else should I consider?" 
  • "Where did you find that information?"
  • "What else does it mean?"
As disciples of Christ we want to be ready to speak the truth in love and deliver the Gospel when the opportunity presents itself. A seasoned Christian will also look to create opportunities where they don't even seem to exist.
Nurturing a curiosity for the truth is the best preparation for doing this and doing it well. This is why when we "miss it" just reset and get back to seeking the truth.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. - John 16:13 NLT
Please, add your thoughts in the comment section.

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Concept: Apologize quickly and then move on.

In The Cool Zone concept. Think like Jesus thinks.


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