There are two approaches to the act of forgiveness: one is the religious, and another is the psychological approach. With both approaches, there is a certain release that is obtained through forgiveness. Thus, a thesis could be the following:
- The act of forgiving is spiritually, physically, and mentally healing for both the individual who forgives from the heart, and for the person who is forgiven.
Certainly, there are any number of verses from the Bible--
Make allowances for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. [Colossians 3-13]
--and the Qu'ran--
One tradition presents Muhammad saying, "All of Aadam’s descendants constantly err, but the best of those who constantly err are those who constantly repent."
as well as other religious sources that underscore this thesis.
In addition to the religious reasons for forgiveness as a means of healing one's soul and heart by removing sinful thoughts or hatred, there are also sound reasons for forgiving others in order to maintain one's mental and physical health. These reasons are practical because while they encourage forgiveness, they also suggest not forgetting the injuries committed in order that the person not be hurt or harmed again.
Since "To err is human," it is only sensible that people forgive one another; doing so can save marriages, friendships, work relationships, and family relations by restoring faith in loved ones, an act that helps others work to improve the interpersonal relationship. Certainly terrible damage can be done to the psyches of others who are not forgiven after they repent their actions or words because they may lose their sense of self-worth or become alienated from family or friends. In addition, psychologists advise that it is sometimes important to remember the injuries committed against oneself by others since people can learn well and profit from injurious and negative experiences. For, if they recall such experiences and injuries, they are less likely to become victims again.