To forgive or not - Is it an option?
New International Version
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
A Forgiving God
The nature of God is that HE is a forgiving God.
"If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]."
1 John 1:9 (Amplified Bible)
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;"
Jesus showed us how to do it while on the cross
Then said Jesus, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.." And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34
(King James Version)
Stephen did it to those who stonned him.
"And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep." Acts 7: 58 - 60.
Saul, one of those whom Stephen forgave was Saul who later became Paul the writer of much of the New Testament. You never know what God has in store for that dear one that you are holding in your heart. Friend, obey!.
2 Corinthians 2:10
If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven it in the presence of Christ for your sake,
Scriptures on Forgiveness