There are times we hurt others.
Whether purposefully or inadvertently, it makes little difference. We have still damaged another through our own actions, and so we seek to make that right. It hurts us to know we have hurt another; we ask forgiveness and seek restoration in the hope to receive grace from those we have wronged.
We hope for the best outcome. We hope for what we perceive as fair.
Sometimes though, we don’t receive forgiveness, no matter how sorry we are. No matter how much we try and make it right. And it’s hard to accept, it’s hard to let go of the injustice we feel at not being granted the forgiveness we had so hoped for.
But this is what we need to remember.
Their forgiveness isn’t your responsibility.
Your responsibility is this: To admit your mistakes. To own your actions. To seek forgiveness. To make right the things you can. To let go of the things you can’t. To learn, to grow, to recognize behaviors in you that have hurt others and change them. To mindfully choose to be a better person, and take necessary action required for that to happen.
But their forgiveness isn’t your responsibility.