Why are those three words so hard to say? It's so easy, especially as parents rearing children, to point out their wrong. Likewise, seeing fault in your spouse or blaming your boss or a friend is easy.
I admit this is a personal struggle for me too. Why? As I examined it in my own life, it came down to several things.
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When I look at that list, one word sums it up--childishness. It's hard to even admit that to you here. I'd far rather believe I'm mature. But God calls on me to be childlike, rather than childish. What's the difference?
"Lord, I'm so thankful for Your patience with me. You never give up on me. Your fresh mercies rescue me daily. Help me to extend that same grace to others. As You reveal my own weaknesses, I cry out for Your strength. The Christian life is so hard because it's so daily. So I begin today with you saying I was wrong. I admit my own failures, selfishness and release control to You. But I'll probably have to do it again another day soon. Thank You for being faithful, even when I'm not.
In Jesus' name,
Chuck Swindoll says, "Knowledge alone puffs up but when there is action that follows, humility comes."
Sometimes that action is simply saying three words:
I was wrong.