It’s something we’re taught when we’re little. It’s a response to someone who has intentionally or unintentionally hurt you and asked to be forgiven. It usually is a response to a sibling who has done something like steal a toy or punch you.
“Anna, J.L. just said he was sorry. What do you say?”
“I forgive you.”
“Now give him a hug.”
We also learn it in church because forgiving someone is the Christian thing to do. The Bible is full of times when Jesus and God forgave people, and the bad things that happened to people who didn’t forgive others. “Forgive Thy Enemy” and “Lord forgive them, they know now what they do,” also come to mind when I think of church and forgiveness. (more…)