Forgiveness is one of the greatest blessings we can give to others. In relationships, couples who forgive each other are happier than those who don’t. Studies show that forgiving makes you healthier, happier, and stronger. Holding a grudge is bad for your blood pressure, causes anxiety and can reduce your life expectancy. It affects you, not the offender, who has probably forgotten all about what’s making you miserable and bitter.
But what happens if we are wronged and the person does not admit wrong, doesn’t apologize, or turn away from the behavior? Are we required to forgive an emotionally abusive spouse who clearly has no intent to change? Would Jesus turn the other cheek to a Narcissist, or would he implement No Contact?
There is a general misconception that being spiritual and/or a good Christian means we should give abusers the benefit of the doubt. The belief is that we are…
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