Let me state at the outset, I recommend the Handbook of Forgiveness, Second Edition to anyone interested in forgiveness studies. And, it belongs on the shelves of university and seminary libraries around the world.
Let me interject my view of the general model contained in the psychology literature. An offender acts in a way that is perceived by a second person, usually called the victim, as offensive. When the offensive act is not easily brushed aside victims may enter a state called unforgiveness. This state may include feelings of anger and sadness, thoughts of revenge, actions to avoid the offender, acts of retaliation, and efforts to seek justice.
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