Making Things Right With Someone You've Offended

It sounds like you're struggling, and we'd like to help. Of course, it's hard to offer advice without knowing you or the person you might have offended.

Has the other individual given you a reason to think she feels hurt? If not, there's a chance that she wasn't upset by your behavior. It might be a good idea to relax and cut yourself some slack. Try not to worry about the situation unless it becomes clear that there's a real problem.

If you continue to be uneasy, it might be best to talk to the person about your concerns. This could be difficult, but it's the only way to completely resolve it and find peace of mind. Better to risk some temporary embarrassment than to go on feeling anxious and guilty.

If you'd like to talk to someone about this, call our staff counselors here at Focus on the Family. There's no cost to you for this; it's our way of showing that we care.

 

Related Video
Are Apologies Always Necessary?: Dr. Gary Chapman explains why offering apologies and acknowledging failures is critical for strong and meaningful relationships.

Resources
The Peacemaker, Student Edition

How to Get Along With Almost Anyone

Telling Each Other the Truth

Referrals
Peacemaker Ministries

Articles
Conflict Resolution

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