When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive. (Alan Paton, 20th century South African writer.

That causes us to think about our injuries in a fresh way. When someone hurts or offends us, our natural human response is to get even. Perhaps we are waiting for the offender to apologize and ask for our forgiveness. But a great weight in our spirit is relieved when we learn to forgive. Robert Brault said, “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”

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).