I can’t forgive because . . .
. . . they need to pay. Forgiveness is not forsaking justice.
. . . I don’t feel like forgiving. Forgiveness is not a feeling.
. . . I don’t trust them. Forgiveness is not trust.
. . . that would soften the seriousness of their offense. Forgiveness is not mitigating.
. . . they are still hurting me. Forgiveness is not permission.
. . . they will never learn. Forgiveness is not enabling.
. . . they haven’t apologized. Forgiveness is not waiting for an apology.
. . . that would be weakness. Forgiveness is not weakness.
. . . I can’t forget. Forgiveness is not forgetting.
. . . I still hurt. Forgiveness is not dying emotionally.
. . . I’m still angry even after praying to forgive. Forgiveness is not a one-time prayer.
. . . we can’t have a relationship again. Forgiveness is not reconciliation.
Which lie has been holding you back?