If your spouse apologizes to you for something they have done or said wrong, it’s important to accept it the right way.
Some people claim they have accepted an apology but in reality, they are still full of blame, anger, feelings of resentment or other negative emotions.
While it may be difficult to forget completely the mistakes or behavior that hurt us, it’s important that when we accept an apology, we truly are willing to have a fresh start. This fresh start may be in one particular area we feel wronged in or it may be on a broader scale.
We have to put those negative emotions aside and truly try to make things better.
If we say we accept an apology even if we are still full of negativity, it may come across to our spouse we really do NOT accept their apology which may cause further hurt and negativity which can create a vicious cycle that is hard to escape.
Is this easy? No. Is it important to try for the sake of our marriage? Absolutely. So, the next time your spouse apologizes keep this quick tip in mind. And, for more tips and ways to improve your marriage, check out the Revive Your Marriage 30-Day Challenge.