I got this question from an internet friend, Ciera, and it makes a good post.
Quoted with permission:
I am wondering what your understanding is of forgiveness. Is is more biblical to ‘forgive and forget’…forgiving and acting as though it never happened. Or to forgive and remember and even though you act mostly like it never happened, it’s still there in the back of your memory for future reference if that person messes up again?
God’s the only one who can truly “forget” our past indiscretions. (Although the word “forget” implies a temporal-bound consciousness; another topic altogether.) Humans cannot ever really forget.
Another concern is to forgive those that don’t want our forgiveness.
What do you think?