If you have never been in a situation where you either needed to forgive someone or needed forgiveness yourself, you are lucky. No matter which side of the situation you are on, it is a difficult thing to deal with. I don’t think one can really comprehend how important it is to forgive others until you’ve been the one who desperately needs the forgiveness. If there is anything more painful than not being able to forgive, it’s not being forgiven. And there is no greater relief to the offender AND the offended than when one puts an arm around the other, looks them in the eyes and says “I forgive you…forget about it”. As a special bonus, once you’ve been there you have a new and overwhelming appreciation for God’s forgiveness.