“I was wrong” can be beautiful words.
Being wrong can hurt others, yourself, and the truth. This is why loving people will correct you when they see you’re wrong.
Knowing and admitting you were wrong means you are not infallible, and have now seen what is right. You have been saved from wrong!
Popular culture doesn’t believe in a single right and wrong for everyone. They get offended when you tell them they are wrong.
Instead, try telling them “I was wrong”. Its harder to be offended at you being wrong. People can get saved by learning from your mistakes.
The great theologian Hank Williams wrote poetically that he “traded the wrong for the right, Praise the Lord I saw the light.”
Slave trader John Newton admitted his wrong. He wrote, “I once was lost but now am found.”
William Newell was a sinner, until God corrected him. He said in his popular song, “by God’s Word at last my sin I learned” and then he turned to Calvary.
All these men sang about their being wrong, until they learned what was right. Every saved Christian knows what it means to be wrong, faithless, carnal, unbelieving, and sinful.
(You can’t be saved by grace unless you were a first a wrongheaded sinner.)
If telling someone they are wrong is not working, then try starting with “I was wrong, but then…”
For His glory,
Justin “I was wrong, too” Johnson