In the Law of Moses, there was a type of offering called the “sin offering” or “trespass offering”. This offering was to be performed if you had done something wrong, even though at the time you didn’t realize you had done something wrong. If you are going 50 mph in a 30-mph zone and get pulled over by an officer, you just might get a ticket whether or not you knew what the speed limit was.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I often find that when I’m confronted with something I did that was wrong, one of my first responses is to make an excuse. “I didn’t know you were there”, “I wasn’t feeling well”, or “I didn’t mean it” come spilling out of our mouths. When confronted with the world’s first sin, Adam responded to God with an excuse, blaming it on “that woman You gave me”. The problem with the excuses I make is that whether I want to admit it or not, I still did a wrong thing and doing wrong things incurs guilt.
I am finding that I really don’t move forward in life until I learn to simply admit, “I was wrong”. Admitting you were wrong is hard. It’s humiliating. It’s also freeing. It allows for the possibility of forgiveness to be granted. It allows relationships to mend.