The Bible is crystal clear in all of its passages on the topic of Forgiveness and Apologies. When we wrong another we are to drop what we are doing and fix the problem. We are to immediately go to the person we have wronged and ask forgiveness. This means to apologize. 

If an apology is not given, we must simply love the person and walk away. We know this world has people who are not In Christ, it happens. But as a Christian we are to forgive all wrongs. Every apology must be accepted and forgiven just as Our Father In Heaven has forgiven us. 


1 Corinthians 6:1-20 ESV / 42 helpful votes 

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 27 helpful votes 

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

John 13:35 ESV / 15 helpful votes

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 4:7-8 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Matthew 12:25 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 86 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

As you can see, it is clear we are to forgive. As I understand it we are to forgive even when those who stand against us are not asking for forgoveness. Look at the example of Jesus on The Cross, ‘Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.’ 

How will everyone come to know Christ if we don’t forgive every offense? That’s what Jesus does. He died and rose again so we would have His Forgoveness. And for that, there are no apologies necessary, but our hearts should be ready and willing to give our ALL to Him.


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