Forgiveness can be accomplished when:
- The offender completely and thoroughly owns his/her actions, which caused the injury or offense.
- The offender acknowledges the consequences of their actions.
- The offender demonstrates a sincerity of heart and a sadness or regret over having injured the other person.
- The offender conveys how they will change their future behavior. They must be intentional about not hurting the offended person again in the same way. There must be a change in behavior.
Forgiveness can be accomplished, but the final act of forgiving rests in the hands of the offended person.