Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. (C.S. Lewis, late British writer)

We like to think in broad principles that apply to everybody until we’re faced with a dilemma of our own. We can rationalize the facts and convince ourselves that there is nothing to be gained by forgiving an offender. But that ignores the truth in the maxim that holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

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