To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. (Lewis B. Smedes, late Reformed theologian)
You have probably discovered the reality of Smedes’ observation. You remember that relieved feeling that came over you when you finally forgave someone for his or her wrong against you. Author Jonathan Lockwood Huie put it this way, “Forgiving is your gift to yourself–the gift of happiness.” Don’t wait for an apology; take the first step to reconciliation and forgive.
Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13)