One of my great-aunts told me one time that she could forgive, but she could not forget. She was true to her word – her memory served her faithfully until the day she died. But I have always wondered, if the strategy for forgive, but not forget brought closure to unresolved resentment.
Lewis Smedes, a prominent author, ethicist, theologian and professor wrote extensively about forgiveness. It appears forgiveness gives us the freedom to practice goodwill to all.
“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish then well.”
Lewis Benedictus Smedes