If I forgive someone, will that restore the relationship? I do want the relationship restored.
Your forgiving the person is one of the steps toward reconciliation, but it will not automatically lead to the relationship being restored. Also needed is the other person to accept your forgiveness, seek forgiveness from you, and be willing to reconcile. The other person, who may have been acting unjustly, needs to feel sorrow for the emotional injury toward you and change the behavior. Once you have forgiven, the other has accepted this and now seeks forgiveness, followed by a trustworthy set of behaviors toward you, then a restored relationship is likely to happen.