It happened a few days ago, when I heard a low voice resonate the words, "How many times have you asked someone for forgiveness this week?" I thought about it. It only took half a second to realize that my answer was, "Not once."
The reason wasn't because I hadn't been in the wrong any times that week, but because I simply never took the initiative to apologize when the opportunity arose. I speak harsh words daily, am usually not in the best mood, and make mistakes continually; so why don't I apologize?
Oh, you know -- usually time lessens the heat, emotions numb, and situations are forgotten. Still, I find that in every instance, there is usually a small window of time when I realize I ought to apologize. Now, it may be a very small window; but it's still there, if only for a moment. Honestly, I sometimes make the wrong choice, procrastinate, and then forget.
I realized I need to humble myself more and just say, "I'm sorry. Forgive me?" a few more times each week or day or hour...
I hear it gets easier with practice.
Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."