Does the one who is forgiven owe anything to the one who was hurt and who forgave?

If the one who is forgiven knows that he or she has done wrong, then yes, the one who offended can try to make amends.  An apology and an attempt to make right that which went wrong can open the door to reconciliation.

At times, the one who is forgiven sees no harm in the behavior and concludes that the forgiver is over-reacting.  If this is the case, the one forgiven still might say, “I am sorry that my actions hurt you,” as a gesture of good will without admitting guilt which is not there.
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