Don’t apologize–ask forgiveness.
Apologizing lets you hold on to the admission that perhaps you really weren’t wrong. All an apology formally does is acknowledge that you offended someone.
Requesting forgiveness, on the other hand, acknowledges and confesses that you actually have sinned. Even if you haven’t offended anyone, you have offended God.
Isn’t this why the Scriptures don’t tell us to apologize to God and to our brother, but to confess our sins to God and to one another? Apologizing often contains an excuse–asking forgiveness cannot. Asking forgivness is a confession of guilt as well as a request for pardon.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:8-9
So please don’t apologize; it’s a sign of weakness. Ask for forgiveness instead; it’s a sign of strength. It is strong people who are wrong sometimes. It is weak people who are always right.
God give us grace that we may not deceive ourselves, but walk faithfully in the truth.