Arrogant people do not see the need to apologize. In fact, arrogance is usually subtle and it disguises itself in form of tradition. I was raised in a society where parents are always right and opinionated children are considered disrespectful. While a lot of children including myself learned to be obedient and follow the rules, we missed the opportunity to think outside the box. It denied us the opportunity to bond with our parents. We could not discuss our views on different situations with them. Since parents were always right, “I am sorry” only came from the children even when parents were obviously at fault. Unfortunately, the cycle continues till date.
If we want our children to be sincerely sorry for their wrongs, we ought to lead the way. Do not be afraid to say “I am sorry” to your child. It creates an atmosphere of love and forgiveness in the home. It prevents the seed of resentment from growing in your child’s heart.
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV) says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”