Only a reckless confidence in a Source greater than ourselves can empower us to forgive the wounds inflicted by others. (Brennan Manning, late author and public speaker)

Why is it so difficult to forgive someone who has hurt you with words of ridicule or criticism? Even if the person apologizes and asks us to forgive him or her, sometimes it seems so hard to say “I forgive you” with a sincere heart. It’s just not in our nature, is it? We’d prefer to harbor a grudge or retaliate. That gains nothing of course; we need to find the Source Manning speaks of.

Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you. (Colossians 3:13)