In another closed thread, a question was raised as to if one is obligated to accept an apology when there is no evidence of a change - like one who repents yet keeps sinning. In a previous post in that thread, I had pointed out that the standard for forgiveness. submitted by the Lord Jesus Christ, was not conditioned nor conditional upon the level of sincerity, or change of behavior. Rather, the standard submitted is that the believer is to forgive (irregardless of the behavior of the offender) because God forgives us. That in fact (according to the "Lord's Prayer") the believer's own state of being forgiven is based upon their forgiving who has offended them. This is even when no forgiveness is even offered. Apology and repentance do not have equal standing. It should be add that repentance between humankind does not raise to the level of repentance between man and God. Repentance between man and God is when man comes into agreement with God. However, between humans, one may apologize for an attitude or behavior, yet still hold a very different set of values and reasoning than the one to whom the apology is directed. Therefore, do not bring Scriptures bearing the matter of repentance into the discussion on apology. The two are not equal nor synonymous. What is your understanding on this matter?