“aphiemi” - to take away from
Two levels of forgiveness
1. Judicial forgiveness
2. Relational forgiveness
Components of forgiveness
1. There must be repentance or there can be no forgiveness.
a. acknowledgment of a debt and accountability for that debt
b. change of behavior
2. The burden of responsibility is on the
offended party, not the offending party.
3. Forgiving means being willing and prepared to lose
Even if relational forgiveness has not occurred, there can still be healing that takes place.
“forgiving from the heart” (vs. 35) An inner forgiveness can take place even if the relationship is not or
cannot be restored.
Forgiveness often takes time, but it has to be your goal.