Quite a few years ago, I learned a lesson about forgiveness. I was taking a year out of University and working in a sawmill, just out of Vancouver. My job was piling lumber on the green chain. As the boards came out of the mill, we made piles of 2X4's, 2X6's, 2X8's etc. One of the workers was extremely lazy and made very little effort to do his share of the work. After a few days of this, I became quite angry at him. There were 2 things that helped me forgive him. One was that I noticed that I would wake up in the morning and still be angry. It seemed that I had been angry in my sleep all night long. I thought, this anger is hurting me not him. Another thing that helped was talking with another worker. We were in the coffee shack and I was spouting off about what a terrible worker this fellow was. The other guy, several years older than me, asked me if I was doing the work of 1 man or 2. It was quite clear, one man can only do the work of one man. His point was that I should do my job and not worry about the other fellow. His advice helped me and after that I was ok. He didn't work any harder but at least I wasn't all steamed up inside. When we don't forgive we hold anger and bitterness inside and this can tear us apart. My situation with a lazy worker was very much a minor offense. The offenses, that some have to deal with, are so much more traumatic and the anger and bitterness can be so much more powerful. Life is so much better when you forgive. The teaching of the Apostle Paul, in Colossians 3:13, is "Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Jesus taught his followers to pray, "Forgive us as we forgive them." The best thing for us is to choose to forgive and to ask to God to help us forgive.