Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves when we offer it to others. (Renee Swope, author)

To forgive is one of the most difficult acts we can do. When we‘ve been wronged, we may react in several ways: we can retaliate in an attempt to get even. Or we may try to just forget the whole thing, but most of us find that impossible. To realize that forgiving someone’s wrong against us really frees us from carrying that burden further gives us a great sense of relief.

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9)