But there is a pragmatic benefit of forgiveness also, and Neal Anderson describes it:
“You don’t forgive someone merely for their sake. You do it for your sake so you can be free.
“Your need to forgive is not an issue between you and the offender, it’s between you and God.
“Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s sin. Forgiveness is costly. We pay the price of the evil we forgive. Yet you are going to live with those consequences whether you want to or not – your only choice is whether you will do so in the bitterness of unforgiveness or the freedom of forgiveness.
“Forgiveness deals with your pain, not another’s behavior.”