ARF is something found in every legitimate relationship. Without ARF, the friendship experienced is either superficial or pretended, or it is bound for termination.
ARF is also a most prominent practice in every vibrant marriage. When ARF is missing, distant apathy or damaging abuse results.
Yes, ARF is vitality important in all relationships. This is true whether one is talking about best friends, husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, or church members. This is also important to the experiential relationship between the sinful worshiper and their faithful Christ.
So, what is this ARF of which I speak? It is Acknowledgement, Repentance, and Forgiveness, and it is succinctly presented in Matthew 18.
First, there is acknowledgment. Preferably, the one who sins should go and acknowledge his transgression against his neighbor or against his Christ. This is always wonderful when someone is tender and concerned over their own sins. However…
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