Revised Aug. 20, 2008


Read:  (1) Fundamentals of an Apology   and   (2) Victim’s Account of Abuse

 Five-Points of a Genuine Apology  

  1. Confession, regret and acknowledgement of their hurt/harm/pain: I am sorry

  2. Accept Responsibility: I was wrong

  3. Genuine Repentance: I will not do this again

  4. Restitution: What can I do to make this right?

  5. Request Forgiveness: Will you please forgive me?

 On a separate paper, complete the expressions below for each of the 5 points.

1. I regret and am sorry that:

I acknowledge that I caused you hurt, harm, pain:

2. I was wrong in that I:

W hat I did was wrong and selfish. It was all my fault.

I take full responsibility for my sinful actions.

3. I promise I will not ever do this again:

I will make every effort to _______ by doing X

This is what I’m going to do so this will never happen again…

4. To make restitution, I offer to:

5. I hope that you will be able to forgive me some day:

Additional Notes:




Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; FIRST be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matt 5: 23-24

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