Refusing to forgive other people for the things that they did to you is like you taking poison as way of hurting them. There is one way out of the nightmare of violence, anger and revenge. It is to forgive others – even if they haven’t asked for your forgiveness.
Jesus makes this point again and again. I don’t know that I’ve yet to fully act in the way he asks me to act. But if I forgive others, I have a hope and a promise that I can still be forgiven, even if my sin is greater than theirs.