“I’ll never forgive you.” Why? The scars or hurts, imagined or real, will never heal when or while there is a stubborn refusal to forgive and forget. There is certainly a peculiar quirk between our reasoning as individuals and as a nation. During a war, a hatred of the enemy exists. Afterwards, as a nation, we forgive and forget. The scars are removed and our one time enemies can become friends. Yet, in person to person–day by day living–one time friends can become enemies.

It is a disturbing reflection that some people, at times, place themselves on a higher level than God. All of us, at some time or another, are guilty of religious infidelities. But, when with humility, in an aloneness before God, we ask forgiveness for our faults, we know He will say, “I forgive.” Since this is true, isn’t it silly for people to refuse forgiveness to people for far less serious hurts? . . .

A very wise man once said that to forgive is the quickest way to end trouble and to have peace and unity. For a forgiving spirit is by its very nature a unifying force. It can remove the barriers of separation between people and nations and weld them together in peace and goodwill. To hate is to die physically and spiritually, but to forgive is to live . . .