Forgiveness is not a feeling. If we waited to feel like it, we would never do it.
Forgiveness is not forgetting.
Forgiveness is not excusing. Ie. “That’s Ok”, “Don’t worry about it”, “You couldn’t help it.” “It wasn’t really your fault”. Excusing always falls short of real reconciliation.
Forgiveness is a decision. A choice we make. God chooses to forgive us. Jesus used the metaphor of cancelling a debt! Forgiveness is like that. Somebody owes you big time for what they did – you choose to cancel the debt.