Mable caught her husband, Biff, with another woman. After months of counseling, tears, and repentance Biff has come clean with Mable and is working to restore his relationship with her, the Lord, and their children.
Over the past year, he has sinned in many other ways, but has consistently repented and is legitimately working through his problems. He has not been perfect, but he is progressively changing.
Mable will tell you that she has forgiven him. From her perspective, it is behind them now, and they are working on their marriage. But something is not right. Mable has significant anger issues toward Biff. Most of the time it manifests as subtle forms of anger.
She can be critical, condemning, judgmental, and harsh toward Biff. She says her sinful attitude–though she would not admit that her attitude is sinful—has nothing to do with his adultery because she has forgiven him.
The counselor has been compassionate and appropriate, but it is clear that Mable is not honest. After more inquiries, she blurted out,
I have forgiven him, will you stop accusing me? I have forgiven him, but I will never forget what he and others have done to me!
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).