If you could offer one piece of advice for beginning a conversation about forgiveness, what would you say to the one who wishes to forgive?

A person need not tell others that they are forgiven.  Yet, if you wish to bring this into the open, I first would wait until the other is in a good mood before bringing this up.  I would start gently by saying something like this (presuming that the context is one in which you would like reconciliation): “I respect you and like you.  May I say something about Incident X in which we had that argument?”  I then would not go into any details of Incident X and instead talk of your positive feelings and thoughts relative to forgiving.

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