What is forgiveness?
Many think that forgiveness is equivalent to exemption from punishment for committing a crime. But not so, because forgiveness is not a physical thing, but spiritual. We can safely say that forgiveness is unconditional love for yourself.
Forgiving others is a gift to yourself, …
given not because the other deserves pardon,
but because you deserve the serenity and joy
that comes from releasing resentment and anger,
and from embracing universal forgiveness.
Forgiving is not a gift to someone else.
Forgiving is your gift to yourself –
a great gift – the gift of happiness.
Forgive those who have injured you –
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.