Even if you were not raised in the Christian faith, most other faiths have a corollary for forgiving those who sin against you. In the Lord's Prayer it says, "Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who trespass (sin) against us." This doesn't just apply to those who may trod on your foot but also to those who steal from you, betray your confidences, or lie to you . . . even murder is supposed to be forgiven by us. Having been the victim of a fairly monetarily expensive (to me) robbery, the only true loss I incurred was a loss of the sense of security I used to have about my home. That which was stolen could be replaced; that's what homeowners'/renters' insurance is for. Thankfully, the only experiences I've had with those I've cared about dying have been either by natural causes or by accident. I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to have to come to terms with a murder and I hope to never have to. Nor can I resolve that we should forgive them with my belief in capital punishment as dictated by the law. Also, if the transgression doesn't affect you personally, it should be easier for you to forgive.
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