There are no healthy relationships without forgiveness. From time to time all of us do and say things that hurt those we love. Such behavior calls for an apology—and apologies call for forgiveness. Now, let’s be honest, forgiveness does not come easily. The husband who gambles away the money they had saved for a new car cannot expect his wife to be happy. Nor should she expect herself to simply accept his behavior and move on. No, forgiveness is the response to genuine repentance. God does not forgive us our sins when we refuse to repent. Nor, can we do this on the human level. But when there is genuine repentance, than you must extend genuine forgiveness. Forgiveness brings healing and hope for a better future.
March 12, 2013