Pastor Ford will explain that forgiveness is a dialogue and saying you’re sorry is a monologue. In other words, when we say, “I’m sorry,” there’s nothing else to say about what’s happened. But, when we say, “Forgive me,” now we’ve included the other person and we’ve opened the door for a dialogue to take place so we can deal with what the issue is.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.