Forgive Offenders Fully!
A bitter wife began explaining to me all of the hurts that she had received from her husband over many years. She had them memorized and was able to provide many examples of his insensitivity, unkindness, and selfishness! I interrupted her discourse with the question, “Have you forgiven your husband as Jesus commanded us to?” “Oh, yes!” she replied. “I have forgiven him many times, but he keeps hurting me!”
In her mind, any new offense was grounds for digging up all past offenses that she had “forgiven” and adding them to her arsenal. It was obvious that she did not understand the true nature of forgiveness. Jesus made it clear in this command that we must forgive from our hearts. (See Matthew 18:35.)