Have you heard someone say, “Oh, please forgive me” when something goes amiss between people?
I often wonder how often the appeal for forgiveness is real … and the same goes for the response. Of course, I have never heard anybody respond to an appeal for forgiveness with denial.
Is the back and forth about forgiveness just a mental game that people play with each other or do they actually seek and grant forgiveness for mis-steps?
How about this attitude: “Oh God, please forgive me of all my sins …… except, perhaps, my favorite one!?
The hardest kind of forgiveness to seek and to grant is when you are struggling with forgiving yourself for something. You can ask for forgiveness but are you able to accept it when it is granted and move on?
I think a lot of us need to work on forgiving ourselves for things ……. unless we are going to be like my friend, who is also named “John” who says, “Forgiveness? Forgiveness for what? I have never done anything to be forgiven for!”