Forgiveness from others maybe easier than you think............
A sincere apology is often the way to feeling at peace...*
because God expects their forgiveness to follow your repentance Lk 17: 3
Here are a few 'Tips'
QUICKLY... the longer you delay, the more diificult you may think it will be, and often the offended party may be encouraged by others to seek revenge, increasing their feelings of offense
BUT...it is never " too late " to apologize...even to one who is deceased, because their spirit lives .
AUTHORITATIVELY.... sincerity is the key ingredient. Don't let someone else do this for you
CLEARLY...It's about 'how the offense made the other person feel' that you should clearly address.
Often, what you may have done is not as important as how you made the other person feel
You may not be able to undo the deed, but you can lessen their feelings of offense
BRAVELY...apologize without excuse ( even if there may be one ). Remember, it is how they feel that you are most concerned about...
Just accept the consequences...don't try to use the apology to manipulate your circumstances
The thought of apologizing can be difficult to deal with, because it reveals our guilt to, as well as others. The Long term effect of carrying grudges, unforgiveness, and bitterness is certain to make it difficult for a person to live in peace.
Pride, and fear of rejection by the offended party, often lead to procrastination...and failure to follow through. Apologizing is responsibility. God is certain to forgive you, even if the other party does not. If they refuse, you should realize it is His forgiveness you need in order to feel peace in your life
Make a Decision to resolve this situation, NOW,
and live in the Peace the Lord intended for you
* First check your " Heart "...your ATTITUDE and MOTIVE.....
your sincerity, and their feelings are important
a 'self-serving' apology may be worse than no apology at all !!!
Real Peace comes as a result of your Attitude and Motive !
Without question, it has been demonstrated in many lawsuit settlements, an EARLY apology goes a LONG way in reducing settlement amounts
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