A phrase keeps running through my head. It is "to BEG forgiveness."
That's what I've been thinking about for several days now.
Forgiveness is not sought in demanding, nor in explaining, lecturing, justifying, or wishing. We can ask for forgiveness, but the phrase we hear most often is "to beg forgiveness." Or even "beg pardon."
Either way, we beg.
If you think about what that one word means, it tells you a lot about what a repentant soul feels like (and acts like).
They beg. Tearfully, perhaps.
They never demand.