Gus Bailey Wonders:
Three steps: Admission of error, Expression of regret, Effort to correct. These amount to a true and earnest apology.
Forgiveness is the gift of giving up resentment or claim to requital.
I would note that forgiveness is not predicated on an apology, it can be freely given; but that no one should expect forgiveness without a true and earnest apology.
Gus refers to the handful of people who have told short bits of their experience with Bill. Look at comments here. If he wanted to start making things right, he could start with Dianna:
The careful reader will note that there are no caveats in the definition of apology. There is no room for cross blaming or amelioration of the error; there is no tack on for excuses or ‘if onlys’. Additionally, forgiveness does not require forgetfulness. Only a fool would not close the door to prevent the cat from stealing the milk again.
Now, Bill has other cases laid out against him in a post below. I know of others, but these are plainly stated.
That does not mean that he doesn’t have claims to make himself; he may even have claims against some of these. However, I have NEVER seen him clearly articulate the ‘who, what and when’ of any of them. Until that time he needs to be still and contemplate whether he would seek the forgiveness of these people and that of the Lord.
I don’t think Bill will apologize. I am convinced that Bill Schmalfeldt believes he is the injured party, and that nothing he has written or done has outweighed the things done to him.He is wrong, of course, but we’re used to that.