Forgiveness is a pathway to freedom. When God forgives you, you are free from guilt and restored to fellowship with him. When you forgive someone who has wronged you, you are free from the bitterness and resentment that can settle in your heart, Receiving God’s forgiveness and forgiving others are at the core of what it means to be a Christian. In doing this, we follow the example of God, who extends to us the ultimate pardon—forgiveness of our sins.
Colossians 3:13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.