Cynthia Bourgeault, modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, and author wrote,
“Finally, “love endures all things.”… Everything that is tough and brittle shatters; everything that is cynical rots. The only way to endure is to forgive, over and over, to give back that openness and possibility for new beginning which is the very essence of love itself. And in such a way love comes full circle and can fully “sustain and make fruitful,” and the cycle begins again, at a deeper place.” (From: ‘Love is Stronger Than Death’)
If we take away the mystical language we could simply say: If we do not forgive others, there is no possibility of going one step forward. That’s just the way it is.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Jesus