- What do you do when someone betrays you?
- How do you restore a broken relationship?
- You just forgive the person, right?
- Should you withhold forgiveness?
A truth we must understand:
“Forgiveness is one thing; reconciling a broken relationship is another.”
Forgiveness is always required by God for those whom He has forgiven ( see: Forgive or else!).
Genuine forgiveness results in personal freedom from a vengeful response and in power to love your enemy (see: Romans 12:17-21).
Yet forgiveness does not always result in immediate restoration of a broken relationship. Forgiveness must be viewed as a matter of worship between the offended person and God (see: Empty your grudge account).
Don’t make the mistake of equating forgiveness and reconciliation.
Restoring a deeply broken relationship usually takes time. This is the goal of reconciliation but those who commit significant and repeated offenses must realize that their actions…
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