22 Sep 2012

The Nature of the Offense

Submitted by Stephen Winters

When we look at the topic forgiveness, we also need to look at the the nature of the harm or offense.

The Injury or Offense

Was the offense a one time event that was out of character for the offender. Is the offender normally a responsible virtuous person who made a mistake? Did he try his best to repair or rectify the damage or mistake?

Or was the offense made by an offender who has a habit and a history of habitually hurting people and not doing anything to repair or replace what was damaged? Does he typically get angry whenever confronted about his behavior?

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