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6 Steps to Forgiveness in a Christian Relationship


Steps to forgiveness in a Christian relationship

Forgiveness is tough — whether you’re the one asking for it or extending it. But you’ve got to be able to forgive if you want a Christ-centered relationship. Everything is forgivable, even cheating, but forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting or condoning the behavior. It means releasing the hold that the hurt has on you so you can move forward with wisdom and peace. Here’s how to do it:


Step 1: Chill Out First

Before diving into any heavy talks, take a breather. Seriously, give yourself a moment to cool off. Anger and hurt feelings can cloud your judgment and make forgiveness feel impossible. So, take a walk, hit pause, and let those initial waves of emotion settle down.


Step 2: Talk It Out

Once you're feeling a bit more zen, it's time to have that chat. But here's the kicker — actually listen to each other. It's not about proving who's right or wrong but understanding where the other person is coming from. Remember, it's you two against the problem, not you against each other.


Step 3: Own Your Part

Yep, this part can sting a bit. Take a good look at the situation and acknowledge if there's anything you could've done differently. Owning up to your mistakes doesn't make you weak; it shows you're mature enough to grow from this.


Step 4: Ask for Forgiveness 

If you’re in the wrong, ask for forgiveness straight up. Saying, "I'm sorry for what I did. Will you forgive me?" is simple but powerful. This isn't just about saying sorry; it's about genuinely wanting to mend things and move forward.


Step 5: Hand It Over to God

This step is all about letting go and letting God. Pray together and ask for His guidance to not only forgive but to strengthen your relationship. Remember, forgiveness is a process, and sometimes, you need a little Divine help to fully heal and trust again.


Step 6: Start Fresh

Forgiveness is like hitting the reset button. It doesn't erase the past, but it does give you a clean slate to start over… together or not. You get to decide if you’re able to move past what happened. Either way, you’ll both learn from the experience. 


Remember, the road to forgiveness isn't always easy, but it's worth it. For one, the Bible tells us to forgive. It also is a great way to release ourselves from the burden of holding onto grudges and resentment. By forgiving, we open our hearts to healing and peace, allowing us to live more fully in the present and build healthier, stronger relationships.


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