I want to make one thing clear. Many people do feel very bad when they hurt someone. I’m not talking about them.
That leads us to the second reason. Forgiveness is for us, not the offender. At some point, someone will hurt us so deeply that we won’t want to forgive them. However, forgiveness does not mean they were innocent. What they did was wrong. So depending on the “act or repeated acts” against you, be careful around the person, if necessary, stay away from them.
However, unforgiveness will eat us alive. There is a more gruesome analogy. Ancient Romans tied the corpse of the victim to the murderer’s back until the murderer was infected.
That’s what unforgiveness does. We’re infected, weighed down by the corpse of unforgiveness. We have trouble thinking about anything else, much less the good things in our lives. And while we’re unnecessarily burdened, the offender, many times, won’t give it another thought.
Years ago, I received very good advice. “Forgive daily!” It takes time, but if you don’t want to carry that corpse, practice forgiving until you do it. One day, you will discover that you have forgiven them.
The third reason is found in Luke 11:4 of the Bible – Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us (NLT). If we don’t forgive those who've sinned against us, God won’t forgive us.
Is there unforgiveness in your life? Then, forgive them. You are worth it!