Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.
Ezra 10:1 NKJV
How many times a day do you hear someone say Sorry? We all have been in that situation, life is full of apology inspiring situations. How often are those apologies genuine? That is hard to say. Sometimes the word sorry is nothing more than a reflex, a way of moving past a situation as quickly as possible. If someone says, “You hurt my feelings,” we say, “Oh, sorry,” and expect the matter to be dropped, without a second thought.
Folks, that is not the attitude God wants from His people when we confess our sins. He wants us to see the damage we have done and feel the pain we have caused. He wants sin to bother us as much as it does Him. More than anything else, though, He wants to relieve our pain and guilt by forgiving us.