Request forgiveness.

Asking for forgiveness places control in the other person’s hands, since he/she doesn’t have to forgive you just because you’ve apologized.

Note: There is a difference between asking for forgiveness and DEMANDING forgiveness.

Words you might use:
“I care about you a lot. Will you please forgive me?”

“I know it might take you a while, but I just hope you’ll be able to forgive me.”

“I know that you might not be ready to forgive me, and I understand how that feels. I simply wanted to say how sorry I am. Take the time you need, I do hope you will forgive me.”

“You didn’t deserve that. It was very wrong of me, and I hope you will forgive me.”

“I didn’t intend to hurt you but obviously I have. I realize that now, and I see that my actions 9/14/18
were wrong … I want to ask you if you will please forgive me.”

WHAT NOT TO SAY:
“Let’s forget this ever happened.”

“Let’s move forward from here.” The one who wronged has no right to say that, you can’t rush the forgiveness process. These words are reserved for the one who was wronged to say when he is ready.

“When are you going to get over this?”

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