Here is a segment of Joe Pote’s post Forgiveness with Boundaries, from his blog Redeemed.
It’s an excellent biblical example of how forgiveness need not entail reconciliation with the person who has hurt you, especially if that person is still likely to be dangerous.
Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.” (1 Sam 26:21)
Saul expressed words of repentance, confessed his sin, declared his love for David, asked David to return with him, and promised not to harm him again.
David replied, “Behold the spear of the king! Now let one of the young men come over and take it. The Lord will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you…
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