Know what happens if we don’t forgive? We’ll be chained to bitterness and anger every day of our life. And that’s no life. (Former pastor)

Novelist Anne Lamotte put it this way, “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” Of course, when you’ve been hurt deeply, it’s difficult to forget the pain and overlook the offense. Our human nature urges us to expose the offender or to seek revenge and get even. It would be so much healthier to pray as the Lord taught us. . .

Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12).